Benesch performed a Value Engineering study for improvements to Lake Cook Road between Raupp Boulevard and Hastings Lane for the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways (CCDOTH) in Illinois. The project’s general scope included the widening of Lake Cook Road from two lanes in each direction to three lanes in each direction. The overall project costs for the improvements were estimated to be $43.6 million.
The project team identified the task for the project as Upgrade Lake-Cook Road Corridor with the basic function of increasing capacity. The as-given condition was determined to have 25% of the project cost dedicated to the basic function, with 22%, 17%, 34% and 2% dedicated to assuring dependability, assuring convenience, satisfying stakeholders, and attracting stakeholders respectively.
During the speculation phase, the team generated 106 separate ideas which were then grouped and evaluated. This lead to the development of seven separate design proposals with an estimated $2.6 million in savings for the Lake Cook Road project.