Concrete Construction Awards Program

Illinois has some amazing concrete projects. This awards program honors the visions of some of the most creative projects that concrete has to offer. Concrete projects of all types are eligible to receive an award. More information will be posted once the awards program is open for nominations, or you can contact [email protected] for more information. 

2020 Winners:

High Rise Category: Renelle on the River

Owner – Belgravia Group;
Architectural Firm – bKL Architecture
Engineering Firm – Uzun + Case Engineers LLC
General & Concrete Contractor – James McHugh Construction Co.
Concrete Supplier – VCNA Prairie, LLC.

This 18-story high rise was constructed above an existing 4-story garage. Concrete allowed for a thinner floor structure with respect to steel, and eliminated the need for fireproofing due to its inherit fire resistant properties. By varying the concrete density, the stiffness and weight of the structure was optimized for the maximum performance.

Mid Rise Category: Materials Design Laboratory (MDL) at Argonne National Laboratory

Owner – Argonne National Laboratory
Architectural & Engineering Firm – Flad Architects
General Contractor – Clark Construction Group
Concrete Contractor – Pepper Construction
Concrete Supplier – Ozinga

This four-story building is designed to support scientific theory / simulation and materials discovery, characterization, and the application of new energy-related materials and processes. MDL’s cast-in-place concrete structural elements are designed to maintain the vibration and thermal stability required for the operation of extremely sensitive instrumentation.

2019 Winners:

High Rise Category: 150 North Riverside

Owner: Riverside Investment & Development
Architectural Firm: Goettsch Partners
Engineering Firm: Mangusson Klemencic Associates
General Contractor: Clark Construction
Concrete Contractor: Goebel Forming
Concrete Supplier: Prairie Material

150 North Riverside is one of Chicago’s Engineering Marvels. The site is located prominently at the confluence of three branches of the Chicago River. With exposed railroad tracks on the west side of the site and the city requirement for a riverside pedestrian path on the east side, the remaining area on which to build was considered impossibly narrow. The project site is two acres, but more than 75 percent is landscaped public park, plaza, and a section of the Chicago Riverwalk. That leaves the 1.2-million-sq-ft, $270-million, 54-story, 752-ft-tall building to sit upon a narrow 47-ft-wide core. In response to multiple site challenges, the building features a tapered superstructure design to create a footprint equal to just 30 percent of the tower’s floor area. Innovative structural engineering and high-strength concrete was involved to nestle this tall building between the Amtrak rail lines and the Chicago River which lead to many engineering “firsts.” Some of these “firsts” include the development of a thin concrete central building core structure system; use of the largest rolled steel sections in the world (W36X925), and Chicago’s first liquid mass damper systems that are built with two concrete water vaults atop the building.

Infrastructure Category: IL 390 / I-290 interchange

Owner: Illinois State Toll Highway Authority
Architectural & Engineering Firm: Jacobs
General & Concrete Contractors: Judlau Contracting, Lorig Construction Co., and F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen & Assoc., LLC
Concrete Suppliers: Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, Inc., Elmhurst Chicago Stone Co., and Prairie Material

The I-290 Interchange Project has significantly improved travel and enhanced mobility for residents and commuters throughout the western Chicago suburbs. Completed in 2017, the $440 million I-290 Interchange Project included construction of 17 ramps and 15 new bridges in the interchange area between Meacham/Medinah Road and Prospect Avenue, which includes three lanes in each direction.  The project created direct access to and from Illinois Route 390 Tollway in all directions, with free-flow traffic movements. The new interchange is expected to reduce travel times by up to 35 percent.

The interchange consisted of two curved, multi-span, tri-level steel structures that crossed multiple mainline and ramp pavements. Erection of the complex steel structures required review of detailed erection plans and processes. Several locations required the installation of shoring towers to facilitate the placement and stability of the massive, nine-foot-tall girders. This interstate-to-interstate interchange project required extensive coordination with the Illinois Department of Transportation and local municipalities in order to manage the complex maintenance of traffic and enable the team to maintain travel for motorists.  Prior to construction, up to 83,000 vehicles per day utilized the ramps at the Illinois Route 390/I-290 Interchange. This was projected to increase to nearly 127,000 vehicles when the new interchange ramps opened in 2017 – an increase of more than 53 percent. Currently, up to 240,000 vehicles a day travel through the Illinois Route 390/I-290 area. By 2030, that number is expected to increase to 340,000.  These improvements are part of the $3.4 billion Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project, which is included in the Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $14 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.