Saturday, March 22, 2014

Grand Central Revealed

One of New York City's most vibrant destinations is Grand Central Terminal and today my husband and I had the privilege of attending a small group tour there given by University at Buffalo graduate Mark Nusbaum and organized by the UB Alumni Association. Mark Nusbaum, presently with FXFOWLE Architects. was the project architect on the amazing restoration of the Main Concourse and retail development, an effort that began in 1994 and took 7 years to complete. While working for the architecture firm, Beyer Blinder Belle, he oversaw all the development of the construction documents, including coordination of  engineering consultants, and then headed up the field team of architects and engineers for the Concourse restoration and revamping of the retail aspect.

He shared some great anecdotes and was a fount of information about the building, its history and its circuitous and complex restoration. I'm so glad we got to learn about this magnificent landmark through the lens of his involvement. The range of interesting and inspiring people who live and work among us never ceases to amaze me.

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