Three Benesch Projects Earn 2014 ACEC National Awards

Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI - March 2014 - The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) has awarded three Benesch projects with 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards. The Red Gate Road Corridor in St. Charles, IL, and Three Bridges Park in Milwaukee, WI, both earned a National Recognition Award. The Wacker Drive and Congress Parkway Reconstruction earned the prestigious Grand Award - one of eight projects nationally eligible for the Grand Conceptor, ACEC’s top honor. The winner will be announced at the 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards Gala during the ACEC Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.


All three projects were winners at the ACEC-IL and ACEC-WI state levels. The Red Gate Road Corridor earned an Honor Award in the Structural Systems category in Illinois; Three Bridges Park won the 2014 Best of State Award in the Special Projects category in Wisconsin; and the Wacker Drive and Congress Parkway Reconstruction earned an Honor Award in the Transportation category in Illinois.


Red Gate Road Bridge

The Red Gate Road Corridor includes an 1,140-foot-long bridge over the Fox River in St. Charles, IL, 0.7 miles of new roadway, two new signalized intersections, a river crossing watermain, multi-use path and more. The crossing serves as a much-needed community connector and features an innovative, cable-stayed pedestrian bridge suspended beneath the roadway bridge. Benesch provided Phase II design and Phase III construction services.


Wacker Drive and Congress Parkway Interchange
The two-level, $300+ million Wacker Drive viaduct project covers nine acres and stretches 2,900 feet from Randolph Street to Van Buren Street and the Congress Parkway Interchange. It marks a significant milestone in Chicago’s efforts to revitalize its expansive infrastructure. Benesch led the design for the Adams Street to Randolph Street segment, and provided construction management for the Wacker Drive/Congress Interchange.


Three Bridges Park
Benesch served as prime consultant in the design that transformed this abandoned brownfield into what is now Milwaukee’s largest park. This 24-acre land restoration project includes rolling hills, two miles of new multi-use path, three signature pedestrian bridges, a special valve-controlled stormwater management system and more.