Riverwalk, River Point win awards for structural engineering
Loop North News

CHICAGO RIVERWALK

(Above) Chicago Riverwalk under construction west of LaSalle Street Bridge on October 11, 2016. Photo by Steven Dahlman. (Click on images to view larger versions.)

Former steel mill robs Riverwalk of gold medal in national design competition.

25-Jul-17 – Where will the Chicago Riverwalk put all its awards? Structural Engineers Association of Illinois has given “excellence in structural engineering” awards to the Riverwalk and its neighbor, River Point, the 52-story commercial office building completed in May.

Judges called the $108 million, 1.25-mile Riverwalk, connecting Lake Street in the Loop to the lakefront, a “great reclamation of a long-ignored urban resource.”

Alfred Benesch & Company was recognized as the engineering firm behind the Riverwalk.

Photo by Joaquim Alves Gaspar “Engineers famously reversed the Chicago River over a century ago,” said the judges. “Now, they’ve shown they still have the power to shape it to serve citizens better.”

River Point won in a category for projects that cost more than $150 million. Judges called it an “impressive wielding of structural engineering prowess to tackle significant site constraints, yielding an elegant structural and architectural design.”

(Left) River Point, photographed on September 16, 2016, by Joaquim Alves Gaspar.

They noted that Magnusson Klemencic Associates created “a new downtown landmark on a site that had scared off developers for decades.”

Judges represented academia and fields such as architecture, engineering, construction, government, and media. Winners were announced at an awards banquet in June.

(Right) SEAOI past president Salvatore DiBernardo (right) with representatives of Alfred Benesch & Company, James Nutter (left) and Matthew Hellenthal (center). Photo by Andrew Breen/SEAOI. Photo obtained from Structural Engineers Association of Illinois

On June 13, the Riverwalk won the top award given annually by Friends of the Chicago River. Two days later, it won a silver medal and $10,000 from The Bruner Foundation, a nonprofit in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Riverwalk was one of five finalists for this year’s Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, a national design award. It lost the gold medal and $50,000 to SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus, a former steel mill turned into a mixed-use cultural and entertainment district in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

 Previous story: LondonHouse, 150 North Riverside receive structural engineering awards

By Steven Dahlman | Loop North News | sdahlman@loopnorth.com

Published 25-Jul-17 2:05 AM

Loop North News

FREE WEEKLY EMAIL UPDATE

What’s news in the Loop and Near North neighborhoods of downtown Chicago.

Signup for our weekly email. No ads and no charge. Just enter your email address here...

Number of subscribers:
See this week’s update

More stories


Today
City Club of Chicago presents Andrea Zopp, President and CEO of World Business Chicago, where she leads the organization’s mission of inclusive economic growth, supporting businesses, and promoting Chicago as a leading global city. Most recently, she served as Deputy Mayor, Chief Neighborhood Development Officer, for the City of Chicago. 11:30 a.m. reception, 12:00 p.m. luncheon. Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 West Grand Avenue. Cost: $50. Map. More info.

Friday
Musicians from the Chicago area’s Bach Week Festival will give a free public performance of music by German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach in the skylit lobby of Chicago’s historic Rookery Building. The pop-up concert is Chicago’s link to the 2019 international Bach in the Subways project. 12:30 to 12:50 p.m., 209 South LaSalle Street. Free to the public. Performers donate their services. Map. More info.
More events

Biggest Gainers & Losers

JONES LANG LASALLE INC.
153.57 6.92

CME GROUP INC.
164.79 3.94

LITTELFUSE INC.
188.00 2.75

BOEING CO.
376.16 2.73

Downtown Chicago Stocks