State Street Renovation

Chicago Department of Transportation
State Street Renovation
Dates: 1995 - 1996
Cost: $30 million

Project Detail

The State Street Renovation Project is the most ambitious downtown renewal project in the United States today. The new design of this major urban thoroughfare will stimulate economic development, accommodate changes in traffic, and refurbish pavements and structures.

dsi worked as a part of the program management team, providing three services:  project scheduling, document control, and business liaison/community involvement.

Project Scheduling

In order to minimize its impact on the State Street community, this project worked with an aggressive (approximately 11-month) construction period.  As a result, project planning and scheduling in the design, bid and award phases were carefully developed and adequate controls and measurements identified to prevent any significant variance.  Such precise tracking was required in the construction phase.

Document Control

The State Street Renovation Project collected the most exhaustive survey and documentation of the State Street sidewalk vaults to date.  In addition, routine documentation was compiled and indexed for turnover to the City of Chicago upon completion of the project.  dsi developed a document database with index and search capabilities, as well as a number of user-friendly tables and other formats for collection of the extensive property and  construction information accumulated during pre-construction.

Business Liaison/Community Involvement

In rehabilitating State Street, the City of Chicago developed a public/private collaboration to ensure that the construction is accomplished effectively with as little disruption to current business on State Street as possible.  dsi provided the primary interface for communication and interaction with State Street businesses, users, the community and the project team.  This included property owner briefings, public information meetings, brochures, exhibits, and other public information materials, as well as capturing and analyzing detailed and complex operational and construction issues and identifying mitigation schemes to avoid any problems during the abbreviated construction phase.