Sewer Construction Management & Engineering

Our team is providing construction engineering — including programming, management and observation — services for sewer rehabilitation and water main replacement projects for the City of Chicago’s Department of Water Management.

The City of Chicago obtains low interest loans through the State Revolving Fund (SRF) program that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency makes available to municipalities. The city has two continuous loans that they obtain from the SRF program year over year, and routinely has between $100 million and $250 million with SRF for improvements to their sewer collection system. Because the city does not have enough staff to be able to oversee these projects on their own, our team serves as the city’s representative for the duration of each project.

Spanning almost 20 years, from 2006-2023, and nearly 40 task orders, the collective goal between all projects is to replace aging infrastructure throughout the City of Chicago.


City of Chicago — Department of Water Management


Chicago, Illinois




Wastewater & Stormwater Collection

Municipal Water & Wastewater

Sewer Separation

Water Supply & Distribution


Government, Military & Municipal


We are performing these task orders as part of the contract with the City of Chicago to address aging infrastructure upgrades.

Construction Program Management/TOR 001 – Ancillary Sewer Construction Program Manager

The Ancillary Sewer Construction Program consists of approximately 40 small construction projects for 2019. The projects are a mix of construction of cast-in-place sewer connection structures, installation of tumbling basins, installation of water main support structures and/or emergency repairs of collapsed sewer mains. As the program manager, our team is responsible for overseeing the entire program to make sure it is staying within the annual performance goals for both schedule and budget as well as providing the necessary construction observation for each individual project under the program.

The program requires significant coordination with the Department of Water Management as well as the design consultants, contractors, utilities, other city departments, other governmental agencies impacted by the projects and the public. The team includes 10 Burns & McDonnell employees as well as three staff from DB Sterlin, two staff from APS Consulting and one staff from EDI for a total of 16 personnel on the project.

Construction Management/TOR 147 – 130th Street – Torrence to Brandon SIP

Task order 147 consists of the installation of over 9,300 linear feet of new sewer ranging in size from 12 to 72 inches in diameter. The project site encompasses several streets, including 130th Street from Saginaw to Baltimore, Manistee Avenue from 131st to Brainard, Escanaba Avenue from 130th to 330 feet north, Commercial Avenue from 130th to 129th, 129th Street from Commercial to Houston, 131st Street from Marquette to Escanaba, and Muskegon Avenue from 127th to Brainard.

As the construction manager, the team had to provide the resident engineer as well as any additional construction inspectors required to oversee all of the contractor’s activities on the project. Duties included construction observation, utility coordination, coordination with other governmental agencies and city departments, public coordination and all project documentation. The team included four Burns & McDonnell staff, two staff from GSG Consultants and one staff from Atlas Engineering Group for a total of seven personnel on the project.

Sewer Lining and Structure Rehabilitation Program/TOR 93 – 2015-2016 Lining Program

The Lining Program consists of two programs, the Sewer Main Lining program, which covers the lining of approximately 60 miles of sewer mains and 3,000 sewer structures per year, and the Sewer Structure Rehabilitation Program, which covers the lining of approximately 12,000 sewer structures per year. The Department of Water Management handles the program management but asks that consultants provide a senior construction inspector and a construction inspector.

Duties included daily coordination with the program manager, pre- and post-construction reviews of sewers and structures to be lined, utility coordination, coordination of other inspector activities and all project documentation. The team included two staff from Burns & McDonnell and one staff member from CivCon Services for a total of three personnel on the project.