George Allen Construction, Amtrak

George Allen Construction celebrates Laurel, MS station completion with HGTV Home Town Stars

Originally built in 1913, GAC was tasked with restoring the Amtrak train station and replacing the exterior platform, so it complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. GAC is proud to be one of a select group of contractors that have passed the rigorous qualification process and been approved to participate in Amtrak’s ADA Stations Program (ADASP) to make their nationwide network of platforms and train stations ADA-compliant.

This 15-month, 4.8 million dollar project included the construction of a new platform, a re-creation of the original canopy, installation of energy-efficient lighting, landscaping, and a new drainage system. GAC’s creative methods and value engineering during the pre-construction process created significant savings for Amtrak during the construction of the deep foundation and installation of the shoring system.

As the General Contractor, GAC hired local tradesmen for much of the work. "HGTV Home Town" stars and Laurel, Mississippi locals, Ben and Erin Napier, along with their company Laurel Mercantile, also helped with this project by creating two custom handmade benches to help beautify this historic train depot.

New wood bench made by Home Town crew.