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Pipeline Project Takes Crews on a 67-mile Trek
09/22/14
Project team members negotiate ice caps, endangered species and more as they lay a $274-million raw-water pipeline near Flint, Mich.

Photo Courtesy of Karegnondi Water Authority


Sewer Tunnel Starts With Assembling a Kit of Parts
07/14/14
To shave months off of a $55.4-million deep tunnel in Lorain, Ohio, contractors remanufactured a 200-ft-long boring machine on site.

Photo Courtesy of The Robbins Co.

More Projects
05/19/14 Abandoned High-Rise Rises Once More

Reboot of a half-built Chicago tower calls for extensive structural work, including the mid-air pour of a 60-in.-thick transfer slab.
03/24/14 Midwest Top Project Starts of 2013

Illinois leads region with a pair of billion-dollar road projects.
03/24/14 Orangutan Sanctuary Builders See Forest From the Trees

Intense collaboration has kept all stakeholders—including 250-lb animals—on track to meet the ambitious program’s tight deadline.
01/17/14 Fast-Tracked Pellet Plant Puts Hoosiers to Work

Contractors are moving fast to complete a $350-million iron-ore factory that will feed a regional steelmaker.
11/18/13 Award of Merit, Health Care: Good Samaritan Regional Health Center

Family zones and peaceful, reflective spaces were designed to promote healing.
11/18/13 Award of Merit, Specialty Contracting: Methocel

Renovations to an industrial tower required elaborate scaffolding.
11/18/13 Best Airports and Transit Project: Duluth International Airport New Passenger Terminal

Safety and sustainability highlight efforts to bring new terminal on line.
11/18/13 Best Energy/Industrial Project: REO Town Headquarters and Cogeneration Facility

Forms conceal function at Lansing cogeneration plant.
11/18/13 Best Government/Public Buildings: Birch Bayh Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse

Modernization maintains landmark’s Historic Patina.
11/18/13 Best Green Building Project: John C. Kluczynski Federal Building

Modernist Chicago landmark tower equipped with sustainable systems and finishes.
11/18/13 Best Health Care Project: Owensboro Health Regional Hospital

Team members used virtual modeling and integrated planning to navigate sea changes in design.
11/18/13 Best Highways/Bridges Project: Wacker Drive Viaduct and Congress Parkway Interchange Reconstruction

Chicago road rebuild drives extensive logistics program.
11/18/13 Best Office/Mixed Use Project: BAE Systems Sterling Heights Facility

A glass headquarters promotes sustainability and transparency.
11/18/13 Best Projects Award of Merit Cultural/Worship: St. Louis Art Museum Expansion

Concrete abounds in new East Building
11/18/13 Best Projects Award of Merit Government/Public Buildings: Engine Company 16

Facility to serve as a prototype for future firehouses.
11/18/13 Best Projects Award of Merit Manufacturing: Nippon Sharyo Manufacturing Facility

Passenger railcar facility built on a fast-track schedule.
11/18/13 Best Projects Award of Merit Safety and Higher Education/Research: Wisconsin Energy Institute

A nine-step safety program resulted in zero recordable incidents on the job.
11/18/13 Best Projects Award of Merit, Energy/Industrial: Marathon Detroit Heavy Oil Upgrade

Communication was the key to promoting cost control and safety.
11/18/13 Best Projects Award of Merit, Sports/Entertainment: La Bahn Arena

Plastic bubbles added flexibility to the arena’s structural slab.
11/18/13 Best Projects Interior Design/Tenant Improvement: Cafe Galileo’s

Glowing color scheme emulates shooting stars.
11/18/13 Best Projects K-12: Orchard Place Elementary School Additions and Renovations

New and old facilities united by common palette of materials.
11/18/13 Best Projects Landscape/Hardscape: De Pere Riverwalk and Wildlife Viewing Pier

European-style lift bridge is centerpiece of new riverwalk and pier.
11/18/13 Best Projects Renovation/Restoration Award of Merit: Hilton Garden Inn.

Team reconciles new code requirements with standards for historic rehabilitation.
11/18/13 Best Projects Residential/Hospitality Award of Merit: The Moderne

The tower’s forms take their cues from the art-moderne movement.
11/18/13 Best Projects Small Project: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Cat Canyon

Animal exhibit puts accent on green.
11/18/13 Best Residential/Hospitality Project: Hilton Columbus Convention Center Hotel

The hotel’s materials and facade treatments mediate among the area’s high- and low-rise buildings.
11/18/13 Best Safety Project and Best Renovation/Restoration Project: St. Louis Central Library

Historic renovation puts old spaces to new uses while placing special emphasis on safety.
11/18/13 Best Sports/Entertainment Project: University of Michigan Crisler Center Expansion

An accelerated schedule drove completion of the University of Michigan arena expansion project.
11/18/13 Best Water/Environment Project: Sheboygan River AOC Great Lakes Legacy Act-Sediment Remediation

Coordination was key for a multipronged river cleanup project.
11/18/13 ENR Midwest Best Projects 2013

Projects honored on the basis of quality, innovation and safety, among other criteria.
11/18/13 ENR Midwest Overall Project of the Year: The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Michigan State museum challenges project team to resolve difficult constructibility issues.
11/18/13 Higher Education/Research: UC Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

Exposed aggregate and limestone ‘brick’ are among the materials that enhance the new arts center.
09/30/13 Ohio State University Makes Waves With CM at-Risk Project

Delivery method allows project team to prequalify contractors for lab’s 140-ft-long ‘wave wall’ and other specialty systems.
07/23/13 Deep Below Indianapolis, Tunnelers Race to Control Waste

Drilled 250 ft under the Circle City, the Deep Rock Tunnel Connector will serve as the backbone for 25 miles of sewer-overflow tunnels.
06/03/13 University of Illinois Drives Net-Zero Design

The energy sum of a new university building’s sustainable parts will balance out, engineers say.
04/01/13 Coal Plant Spearheads Environmental Upgrades

New scrubbers and carbon injection systems will reduce sulfur dioxide and mercury emissions by 90%.
04/01/13 ENR Midwest Top Starts for 2012

Region is marred by stalled economies and weak fundamentals.
02/04/13 Historic Bush Stadium Gets New Lease on Life

Indianapolis developer repurposes a 1930s-era ballpark into new apartments, anchoring a budding life-sciences corridor.
11/26/12 Best Project Civil/Infrastructure: Constructed Wetlands for Treatment of Combined Sewer Overflows

Constructed wetlands an economic solution to sewer overflows.
11/26/12 Best Project Cultural/Worship: Garden Mausoleum in Minneapolis

Mausoleum is a monument to the many uses of stone.
11/26/12 Best Project Government: Hanover Park Police Headquarters

Innovation is in evidence at police headquarters.
11/26/12 Best Project K-12 Education: Early Learning Center

Team members aimed to imbue the space with a sense of discovery and learning.
11/26/12 Best Project Landscape/Hardscape/Urban Development: 31st Street Harbor

City harbor is anchored in community uses.
11/26/12 Best Project Multifamily Residential/Hospitality: St. Johns on the Lake South Tower

Senior facility seeks to strengthen community ties.
11/26/12 Best Project Retail/Mixed-Use Development: Maplewood Mall

Renovations to a 140,000-sq-ft mall were performed exclusively at night.
11/26/12 Best Project Specialty Contracting: Citgo Lemont Refinery Coker Turnaround

Contractor has only a small window to execute a large refinery repair.
11/26/12 Best Project Sports/Entertainment: Ford Center

Sports stadium allows concrete to test its mettle.
11/26/12 Best Projects Civil/Infrastructure North 4th Street Bridge Utilities Relocation

Utilities relocated from underside of bridge.
11/26/12 Best Projects Cultural Award of Merit Cranbrook Art Museum and Collections Building

Addition incorporates materials that complement original structure.
11/26/12 Best Projects Green Award of Merit: Rivers Casino

Casino receives LEED-Gold certification.
11/26/12 Best Projects Green Facility: Clock Shadow Building

Sustainable building arises with the help of salvage yards.
11/26/12 Best Projects Health Care Award of Merit: Cleveland Clinic New Data Center

Data center places equal emphasis on image and infrastructure.
11/26/12 Best Projects Higher Education Award of Merit University of Michigan Law School Building/Addition

Contextualism key to executing law school addition.
11/26/12 Best Projects Higher Education/Research: Homeland Security Education Center

Integrated delivery lies at the heart of homeland security facility.
11/26/12 Best Projects Interior Design Award of Merit:vLocal 17 -- Int'l Assoc. of Heat & Frost Insulators

A clean and simple aesthetic keeps spaces welcoming and user friendly.
11/26/12 Best Projects K-12 Education Award of Merit: Westchester Christian Academy New 7-12 Grade Campus

Project team encounters a steep learning curve while building school campus.
11/26/12 Best Projects Landscape/Hardscape/Urban Development Award of Merit: Central Riverfront The Banks

Parking structure elevates buildings and public spaces above the floodplain.
11/26/12 Best Projects Multifamily Residential/Hospitality Award of Merit Ronald McDonald House

Site constraints pose logistical challenges to project’s builders.
11/26/12 Best Projects Office Award of Merit: Astellas Headquarters for the Americas.

Asymmetrical forms form the signature of this pharmaceutical headquarters.
11/26/12 Best Projects Office: Delta of Michigan Headquarters Expansion and Renovation

Dental addition bridges environmental concerns.
11/26/12 Best Projects Project of the Year: Rush University Medical Center-The Tower

Form flows from function at a Chicago hospital focused squarely on patient care.
11/26/12 Best Projects Renovation/Restoration Award of Merit: Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity

Former power house proves a perfect fit for ballet company.
11/26/12 Best Projects Renovation/Restoration: Calfee Building

Law firm provides legal aid to deteriorating Beaux-Arts building.
11/26/12 Best Projects Retail/Mixed-Use Development Award of Merit: Chicago Sports Depot

Steel frame ties into existing stadium structure.
11/26/12 Best Projects Safety Award of Merit: ConocoPhillips Wood River Refinery Stormwater Upgrades

Crews completed the project without a single recordable incident.
11/26/12 Best Projects Safety Award: Settlers Trail Wind Farm

Safety measures help wind farm stay the course.
11/26/12 Best Projects Small Project: St. Louis Science Center Boeing Hall

Safety and specialty systems are key to exhibit hall addition.
11/26/12 Best Projects Sports/Entertainment Award of Merit: Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Addition takes design cues from existing structure.
11/26/12 Best Projects Transportation Award of Merit: Stearns Road Corridor

Massive road project preserves more than 200 acres of surrounding greenery.
11/26/12 Best Projects Transportation: South Bend Regional Airport Concourse ‘A’ Expansion

Airport addition takes flight with wing-like forms.
11/26/12 Digging Deeper: Power Company Goes Lean to Build Clean

Co-generation facility will derive power from forest residue and wood waste.
11/26/12 ENR Midwest Best Projects 2012

Winners honored on the basis of quality, innovation and safety.
11/26/12 Government/Public Buildings Award of Merit Livingston County Law & Justice Center

Justice facility revives underutilized parts of downtown.
09/24/12 Collaboration Key to Keeping Ahead of Schedule on Cleveland’s Convention Center

Bridging design-build, design-assist and high-tech tools help bring medical mart to early completion.
07/23/12 Push Comes to Shove Over the Ohio River

Workers at the Milton-Madison Bridge are preparing to slide a half-mile-long steel truss sideways over the Ohio River
05/21/12 ADM Moves to Advance Carbon Storage Efforts

A multiyear, multiphase installation in Decatur, Ill., will be the first in the world to inject two plumes of CO2 in the same saline formation.
03/26/12 BP Primes Its Whiting Plant for Canadian Crude

Some 8,000 tradesmen converge on a site in Whiting, Ind., that touches three cities.
01/30/12 Digging Deeper: Structural Monitoring Keeps Rail Lines on Track

Refinements may lead to a less expensive method of monitoring the health of aging structures.
01/30/12 Structural Monitoring Keeps Rail Lines on Track

Refinements may lead to a less expensive method of monitoring the health of aging structures.
12/20/11 ENR Announces Best of the Best Projects 2011 Awards

Panel of industry experts awards 18 prizes
11/28/11 Ohio State University Engages in 'At-Risk' Business

The $1.1-billion, Ohio State University Medical Center is among the first state projects to be delivered via construction management at risk.
11/28/11 Art and Science Meet at Discovery Institute

The facility unites scientists from a broad spectrum of disciplines while immersing them in the arts and humanities, education and outreach.
11/28/11 Blue Cross Raises a Green Shield

Facility is the largest wholly owner-occupied office building in the world to achieve LEED-Platinum Certification.
11/28/11 Cable-Stayed Bridge Built to Span a Century

Cable-stayed bridge is built to span a century.
11/28/11 Chicago High-Rise Apartment Goes for LEED Gold

Sustainable design elements include Energy STAR-rated appliances, low water-use fixtures, and energy-efficient elevators, light fixtures and HVAC equipment.
11/28/11 Cincinnati Tower Capped by Elliptical ‘Tiara’

The steel tiara consists of 15 ornamental arch elements uniformly supported by 14 arching columns.
11/28/11 Columbus Project Puts River Front and Center

Project called for both a promenade and a new multi-use park.
11/28/11 Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Pursues a Patient-Focused Approach

Design integrates the viewpoints of staff and other stakeholders.
11/28/11 ENR Midwest Best Projects of 2011

Winners range from a historic hotel and a children’s hospital to a rooftop nightclub and cable-stayed bridge.
11/28/11 Green Systems Shine at Bright Lights Facility

Trading facility is the largest LEED-CI project in the Midwest to achieve Platinum status.
11/28/11 Historic Chicago Park Receives Contemporary Upgrades

Project’s landscaped interventions are intended to resemble bridges.
11/28/11 Hospital Spaces Promote a Healthier Environment

Facility weaves a child-friendly environment with environmentally friendly systems.
11/28/11 Interdenominational Church Showcases Interplay of Materials

Structural steel, stone, timber and light-gauge metal make for tricky intersection points.
11/28/11 Iowa Hotel Reclaims Its Former Glory

Restoration returned key public spaces to their original glory.
11/28/11 Missouri Coal-Fired Plant Comes Clean on Emissions

Renovation project required more than 2.2 million man-hours and as many as 550 craftsworkers during peak periods.
11/28/11 New Energy Center Ranks Among Nations Cleanest

Coal-fired plant equipped with state-of-the-art emissions reduction technology.
11/28/11 New Lobby Signals New Era for St. Louis Building

Renovation sets the stage for the rebirth of aging office tower.
11/28/11 New Police Headquarters Sets Up Shop in Former Industrial Structure

The pairing of a precast warehouse and police facility wasn’t made to order.
11/28/11 Ohio Center Aims to Advance Tissue Transplant Technology

The Center for Tissue Innovation and Research houses 14 state-of-the-art clean-rooms to process human tissue for bone, skin and tissue grafts.
11/28/11 Old-World Design Meets New-World Technology

Its neoclassical trappings belie the contemporary design solutions required to harmoniously blend form and function at the $118-million, 1,600-seat Palladium Center for Performing Arts in Carmel, Ind.
11/28/11 Produce Distributor Turns Brownfield Site Green

Facility is poised to become the first structure of its kind in the nation to gain LEED-Platinum certification.
11/28/11 Ronald McDonald House Accents Residential Ambience

Donations of items ranging from wall paints to the mechanical system required tight coordination to deliver a cohesive, aesthetically pleasing project.
11/28/11 School Provides a Lesson in Precision Scheduling

The team had just a year to complete substantial renovations and construct a 71,000-sq-ft addition.
11/28/11 St. Louis Hilton Builds A Bar With a View

The structural engineer resolved the issue of steel reinforcement by applying a reinforcing material to the underside of a concrete slab.
11/28/11 Sustainability Drives Design of New Volvo Dealership

Project includes wind turbines, a rainwater harvesting system and solar panels.
11/28/11 Sustainable Courthouse Receives Positive Verdict

Courthouse makes a sound case for sustainable design by incorporating elements that reduce the facility’s annual energy consumption by 25% and annual water consumption by 1 million gallons.
11/28/11 Sustainable Design Reaches New Heights

New 42-story skyscraper incorporates a full array of sustainable systems.
11/28/11 Table Tennis Club Served Up With Lighting Speed

Project blends clean, contemporary aesthetic with the timber structure and masonry shell of a former warehouse.
11/28/11 Team Executes Roadway Revamp in Roundabout Fashion

Six interchanges incorporate an innovative double-teardrop configuration.
11/28/11 Vegetative Roof, Other Green Systems Qualify Inner-City School for LEED Gold

Dense urban site prompted planners to locate a playground atop the school’s roof.
11/28/11 Warm Environment Creates Haven for Homeless Youth

Minneapolis center provides a warm and welcome haven for homeless youth.
09/26/11 Roosevelt University Moves Into Modern Digs

The latest addition to Chicago’s skyline is a mixed-use, 32-story ‘vertical campus’ towering above Louis Sullivan’s Auditorium Building
07/25/11 Chicago's Wacker Drive Is A Summer Blockbuster

After a six-year hiatus, crews return to finish up Chicago’s epic bridge rebuild.
05/23/11 No Slippage, But Not Much Traction Either

The region’s top engineers advanced, but most Midwest designers merely maintained their footing in 2010.
05/23/11 Sustainable Streetscape Paved With Green

A gritty Chicago thoroughfare proves that sustainable design need not be pretty in order to be green. Photo courtesy of Chicago Department of Transportation
03/28/11 A Rocky Road Back To Regional Recovery

Although some sectors are showing signs of life, a paucity of public funds could stall a full-scale recovery in the region.
03/28/11 Illinois Landfill Turns Trash Into Cash

A new $9.5-million generating plant at the Chicago area’s Prairie View Landfill will convert methane to energy.
01/24/11 Iconic Opera House Stages a Comeback

The fat lady is about to sing. O’Fallon, Mo.-based contractor and co-developer Paric Corp. is orchestrating a long-awaited second act for the 77-year-old Peabody Opera House in downtown St. Louis.
12/01/10 Best of 2010

Midwest Construction’s Best of 2010 Construction and Design Awards recipients were recently chosen from a pool of 175 nominated projects in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio.
10/01/10 Attention to Detail

Chazen Museum addition is work of art. Complex design and mountains of fine detailing have presented the contractor with challenges but will result in a community icon.
10/01/10 Greening a Century-Old Architectural Gem
Birch Bayh Federal Building
08/01/10 Engineering Marvel
A deep-section steel truss mounted to an elevator core provides support for cantilevered ends at 215 W. Washington St. in Chicago.
08/01/10 New Ship in an Old Bottle
The $182-million project includes renovating the idled nine-story Ottawa Street Power Station and converting it into office space, as well as building a new four-story office next to the existing power plant.
06/01/10 Top Project Starts

Midwest Construction presents its annual list of Top Project Starts, which ranks projects that broke ground in 2009 by their contract cost.
06/01/10 Spotlight on Power

Duke Energy’s $2.88 billion coal degasification power plant under construction on 100 acres in Edwardsport, Ind., is a colossal endeavor with an endless number of firsts.
05/01/10 High Speed Rail: Federal Stimulus Funding Puts Midwest Rail Projects on Track in 2010

Federal stimulus money will be the financial engine driving about $2.6 billion of high-speed rail work in the Upper Midwest during 2010.
05/01/10 Low Energy

One of Chicago’s hottest new boutique hotels is also proving to be high on the energy-efficiency list.
05/01/10 Second Take

After opening the initial round of bids from three prominent area contractors on Feb. 11 for reconstruction of the Wacker Drive/Congress Parkway Interchange, the City of Chicago disqualified two, then rejected the third for being too expensive.
05/01/10 Milestone Project Just What Doctor Ordered

The new Milestone hospital renovation and construction project in Peoria, Ill., built two new hospitals, renovated parts of an existing building, and tied the three together into one large unit.
01/01/10 High School Renovations Earn High Marks

Working on an historic landmark high school in Joliet, Ill., a design and construction team brought HVAC, electrical, and other systems up to date while respecting the historic architecture.
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