EDI Project News Fall 2014

Community Focused Mixed-Use Developments Open Their Doors

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Town Hall Apartments, a new multi-unit housing complex welcoming to all seniors, including those within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community,  opened on October 10, 2014 on Chicago's Northside.

As a subconsultant to Gensler, EDI provided civil engineering for the project which is pursuing United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-New Construction (LEED-NC) Silver certification. EDI participated in a design charrette in the beginning stages of the project that involved the Center on Halsted, property management, architects, engineers, and ambassadors from the LGBTQ community. 

Jointly developed by Heartland Alliance Housing and the Center on Halsted, Town Hall Apartments is located immediately south of the Center on Halsted, on the edge of Chicago's Boystown neighborhood.

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The Shops and Lofts at 47th opened on October 14, 2014, with a ribbon cutting in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood on the Southside. This project is a mixed-use development that combines commercial and retail businesses including a 41,000-square-foot Walmart Neighborhood Market with quality rental units in a mixed-income configuration incorporating public housing, tax credit, and market-rate residential units. The Community Builders is a developer on the project, with EDI providing environmental engineering for the site. EDI has extensive experience working on projects with The Community Builders throughout Chicago and the Midwest. 

EDI Awarded Prime Contract for Green Infrastructure Design

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In March 2014, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago (MWRD) issued an invitation to select engineering firms to submit Statements of Qualifications to provide Stormwater Management Phase II Planning and Design services for various project sites throughout Cook County, which have been affected by flooding.


The EDI-led team was awarded a prime contract in July to design green and grey infrastructure improvements for the northeast portion of Blue Island, Illinois. With the aim to reduce flooding, the EDI approach will incorporate features such as rain gardens, bioswales, permeable pavement, naturalized retention areas, native landscaping as well as relief sewers and underground storage. EDI is currently providing these services to the MWRD in Blue Island.

According to the USEPA website, green infrastructure is cost-effective and provides many community benefits. "Green infrastructure reduces and treats stormwater at its source while delivering many other environmental, social, and economic benefits." The photo above from the site shows an example of a bioswale.

MWRD, established in 1889, is responsible for wastewater and stormwater management throughout Cook County.

EDI Success on IDOT PTB 172

EDI was successful on two key items advertised on the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Professional Transportation Bulletin (PTB). Item 1 was awarded to EDI who teamed with Ardmore Associates for a Joint Venture to provide Phase III Engineering for the I-55 (Stevenson Expressway): I-94 (Dan Ryan Expressway) to US 41 (Lake Shore Drive) project. Ardmore/EDI currently is providing Phase III Engineering service for an IDOT project.

EDI also teamed up with Ecology and Environment as a subconsultant, who was awarded Item 27 to provide Various Statewide Waste Assessments, Studies and Designs throughout Illinois. EDI environmental staff is expected to have a substantial role on these projects, and was able to put the firm's new Hazardous Waste Simple prequalification to use.

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