Wacker Drive and Congress Parkway Reconstruction Wins ACEC's Top Honor


Chicago, Illinois - May 2014 - The Wacker Drive and Congress Parkway Interchange project, a massive $300+ million infrastructure improvement in downtown Chicago, has earned the prestigious ACEC 2014 Grand Conceptor Award! This national award, which is the organization’s highest honor, was announced at the 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Projects from throughout the world were judged on innovation, uniqueness, future value to the engineering profession, complexity and more. The Wacker Drive and Congress Interchange project was one of eight ACEC Grand Award winners eligible to receive the Grand Conceptor. 

Used daily by an estimated 60,000 vehicles and 225,000 pedestrians, the two-level Wacker Drive viaduct covers nine acres, stretching 2,900 feet from Randolph Street to Van Buren Street and the Congress Parkway Interchange. Benesch led the design for the Randolph Street to Adams Street segment of the project, and led construction management for the Wacker Drive/Congress Interchange. 


About the ACEC Excellence in Engineering Awards
Projects that are winners at state level EEA competitions are eligible for ACEC's national EEA competition. A panel of 25-30 judges representing industry, government, academia and media assembles for three days each year to critique and rank the submissions for engineering excellence. The panel then selects 24 top award winners—16 Honor Awards and eight Grand Awards. One Grand Conceptor Award winner is chosen from the eight Grand Awards as the overall best engineering project.