In The Spotlight

“In the Spotlight” showcases TranSystems’ news, staff, projects, awards, successes and other topics of special note to those in the industry as well as our clients.
Reconstructing Chicago's Prized Wacker Drive

A critical downtown artery, Wacker Drive is home to several buildings that define Chicago’s iconic skyline. The street is actually a multi-level viaduct structure with upper- and lower-level traffic that jogs along the Chicago River and borders the central business district.

The Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), the Civic Opera House, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange are among those that claim a prestigious Wacker Drive address. An estimated 60,000 vehicles use the drive daily, along with 225,000 pedestrians and vehicles on the associated cross streets.

The north-south leg of the viaduct is being reconstructed to modernize the upper and lower levels, providing a safer, more-efficient roadway for motorists and pedestrians. The reconstructed viaduct is 2,900 ft long and 140 ft wide, equaling more than nine acres. This project is an exceptional example of complex urban reconstruction with notable accomplishments in structural engineering, stakeholder communication, maintenance of traffic, and infrastructure security.

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When the new Airport Transit System (ATS) debuts at O’Hare International next year, travelers will no doubt be thrilled with its ease
and convenience. But otherwise they may take no special note. Of course, that’s kind of the idea – to provide a smooth, seamless, uneventful ride between the terminals and the new, offsite multimodal transit center (a consolidated rental car and parking facility).
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The American Society of Civil Engineers Illinois Section named TranSystems' Tina Revzin its 2017 Young Civil Engineer of the Year. This award recognizes early professional accomplishments and unique contributions to the civil engineering profession or community. 
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Jeff Lackey has been named Upper Midwest Regional Sales Leader for TranSystems Corp., a consulting firm that provides engineering and architecture solutions to the transportation marketplace. click to read
James Lugaila, AIA has been named Senior Architect for the Airports and Air Carriers Sector of TranSystems Corp., a consulting firm that provides engineering and architecture solutions to the transportation marketplace. click to read
BNSF Railway has now completed both phases to replace the Camas Bridge in southwest Washington, which spans the Washougal River. TranSystems is providing construction management services for the new single-track, five-span, 545-foot bridge, which is being constructed using accelerated bridge construction. Both phases were completed ahead of the 32 hour track window.  click to read
By: Rick Ferrin, TranSystems Senior Project Manager
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TranSystems Corp., a consulting firm that provides engineering, architectural and planning solutions to the transportation marketplace, welcomes public-private partnership (P3/PPP) and project finance expert Alistair Sawers as leader of its P3 Advisory Services. click to read