Spring 2012 Lecture Series - Union Station: An American Icon

The University of the District of Columbia, in partnership with the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation, is pleased to announce its Spring 2012 Lecture Series – Union Station: An American Icon.

Union Station is one of the iconic landmarks in the nation’s capital and function both as a tourist destination and multimodal transportation hub. The lecture series will show how the station evolved over the last 100 years and continued to meet the divergent needs of both visitors and residents.

February 14th - “Architectural design and historic preservation significance of Union Station”.
John Bowie, Union Station Redevelopment Corporation Historic Architect, will speak on the preservation of the Daniel Burnham design of the station, its significant architectural features and the importance of the City Beautiful movement in the District of Columbia.

February 27th “The Retailing of Union Station”.
Mark Polhemus, Union Station General Manager, will present on the retail aspects of the station including historical attempts to retail the stations since the 1970s, lessons learned from what has worked and not worked in the past, current challenges and approach to retailing, how market data and the types of daily users of the station influence marketing decisions, how tenants are selected, and what improvements the public should expect.

March 20th - “Managing the second busiest passenger rail station in the country”. 
Mike Latiff, Amtrak’s Station Operations Manager will focus his presentation on the management and coordination of the various transportation systems (rail, bus, vehicular, and bike) that call Union Station home. Visitor and passenger comfort and safety will also be explored.

All lectures begin at 6:30pm
University of the District of Columbia
Building 44 Room A03
UDC is accessible from the Van Ness Metro Station

For more information about the lecture series or to RSVP for one of the events, contact hways@udc.edu.

Sponsors:
Union Station Redevelopment Corporation
UDC Department of Urban Architecture and  Community Planning
UDC School of Business and Public Administration
UDC Sustainability Initiative