Morton Grove Niles Water Project Wins ASCE Illinois Outstanding Achievement Award

MG2.jpgDenver – A Stanley Consultants-led project won the Illinois American Society of Civil Engineers Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award for the design, permitting and construction supervision of the Morton Grove-Niles Water Commission project in the northern suburbs of Chicago. The award was presented Oct. 2 by the ASCE Illinois Section.

The award, for projects of construction value between $35- and $100 million, was for design and construction of a drinking water conveyance system for 7 million gallons of water per day from the City of Evanston, located east of the villages on the Lake Michigan shoreline. 

OCEA awards are judged by a project's originality and innovation, resourcefulness in planning and solving design challenges, sustainability considerations and project planning and delivery.

The Cook County, Illinois villages purchase their water from the City of Chicago at a cost of $4 per thousand gallons for their average consumption of 7 million gallons per day. To reduce their costs, the villages formed a water commission to construct a water transmission system to deliver water from the City of Evanston located to the east of the villages on the lake shore. With the new conveyance system, the commission can purchase water from Evanston for 81 cents per thousand gallons; a savings of over $3 per thousand gallons.

In conjunction with forming the Morton Grove-Niles Water Commission to be their agent, the villages hired Stanley Consultants to plan, design and provide construction services for the water transmission system. Stanley Consultants partnered with Applied Technologies, Ciorba Group, Knight E/A, Robinson Engineering, Strand Associates, Thomas Engineering and WRB.

The villages had performed an initial study in 2010 that contemplated routing the transmission main through the adjacent Village of Skokie’s downtown area at an estimated construction cost of $150 million, and asked Stanley Consultants to review this study in 2015. Stanley Consultants recommended a different design concept and route that utilized excess capacity in the Evanston water distribution system to eliminate construction within Evanston and followed a less intrusive route through Skokie.  The new plan reduced the project cost to $98 million and made it possible for it to proceed. 

In December 2016, Stanley Consultants and its team of subconsultants were tasked to provide preliminary engineering and a detailed corridor study and plan. Timing of the design work was critical to gaining the potential savings from the new water supply. Engineers delivered the planning report in two months, in time to apply for state low-interest loans for project financing. 

The detailed route planning was completed by May 2017; design of all facilities by mid-September 2017 and bids were received in December 2017, when contractors typically submit their lowest bids. By expediting its work, Stanley Consultants saved its client both construction dollars and accelerated the water delivery date.

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