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Paschen Hosts First Friday in the Field of 2013

June 2013

Paschen kicked off the summer with the first Friday in the Field on June 21st. Interns and New hires got the opportunity to check out the Clark-LaSalle/Division Project and the Ping Tom Boathouse sites in Chicago.

The day started off at the office across the street from the CTA job site where the project team introduced themselves and explained their roles on the project. We heard from Project Manager Will Markunas and his team of Quality Control Managers, Project Engineers, Superintendents, and Office Managers. The project is being completed in three phases. Currently, the brand new subway station is being built from the ground up. The second phase includes a gut rehab of the current LaSalle platform and the third phase will open up the LaSalle side of the station and close the Clark side for rehabilitation. The latest activities include excavating down to the tops of the current subway tunnels to install Earth Retention Systems, build the concrete back up, and build the mezzanine levels. The original tunnels were built in the late 30’s and the tubes were hand dug with shovels; our team was able to make out spade marks during excavation. Division St. is currently closed, but the project team expects to open it back up to the public on September 9th. The entire project is expected to be completed in June 2015.

After lunch at Lou Malnati’s, the group continued on to Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown to check out the recently completed Ping Tom Boathouse. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and as the storm clouds loomed, Superintendent Buzz Harkness was able to quickly point out some key aspects of the project. Most of the materials were brought in on the river from the north and the project took one year to complete. The boathouse is the first of three to be built along the Chicago River, providing easier and more consistent river access to runners, bikers, and walkers. The building is a one-story, three-season building with approximately 2,400 sf of kayak/canoe storage, restrooms, an office, and janitor’s room. The exterior plaza space consists of a metal canopy and a walkway leading to a floating dock. The boathouse was officially opened on June 9th, coinciding with the city’s “Shall We Gather at the River” event. Festivities included performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Children’s Choir.