Burns & McDonnell provided construction and engineering services to the Chicago Department of Transportation for the reconstruction of four historic bridge houses along the Chicago River Burns & McDonnell provided construction and engineering services to the Chicago Department of Transportation for the reconstruction of four historic bridge houses along the Chicago River two at the moveable Monroe Street bridge and two at the movable Chicago Avenue bridge. Prior to renovation, the overall condition of the structures was very poor, due to deteriorated concrete, cracked and broken terra cotta, and water damage.
Each house rests on an open pier, which allows water to pass through. Below the bridge deck, the houses feature cast-in-place concrete on a lightweight steel frame. Above the deck, the houses are terra cotta with a clay tile roof.
Burns & McDonnell services included full-time resident engineering, coordination and review of shop drawings, coordination of historical elements, documentation of quantities and materials, contractor meetings, and coordination with the City of Chicago.
The project was federally funded and is administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation local roads.
- Resident engineering
- Historic renovation
- Monitored and expedited project schedule
- Demolishing the bridge houses down to the foundation
- Repairing and reconstructing pit walls, as required
- Reconstructing the bridge houses' interior and exterior
- Installing new electrical systems, bridge operating equipment, plumbing systems and heating systems