Client

Goettsch Partners & Chicago Park District

Owner

Chicago Bears

Architect

Goettsch Partners

Project Cost

$630,000,000

Market Sector

Parks & Forest Preserves

Expertise

Highways & Traffic, Site Civil, Structural, Surveying, Water Resources

Adaptive Re-use of Soldier Field

Chicago, Illinois

The successful redevelopment of Soldier Field on a sprawling 84 acre site along Lake Michigan partially hinged on remediating the sewer discharge into the lake. The new design called for stormwater to be redirected away from the lake to reduce the level of pollutants entering the water. An overflow structure was designed to handle flows during large storm events. V3 also provided a detailed topographic survey of the vast grid of underground utilities and steam tunnels that would need to be relocated as part of the redevelopment of the field. Other challenges included addressing the impact of settlement of the newly placed embankments on existing and new utility systems, preparing vehicular and pedestrian traffic solutions both during construction and in the final condition, and the massive coordination effort to resolve utility conflicts with numerous public and private utility companies. The civil engineering work on the project was recognized with a Merit Award from the Association of Civil Engineering Consultants.