July 26, 2023
Our summer Interns had the opportunity to visit Epstein projects in the downtown area recently including the Chicago Flyover attraction located at Navy Pier, which Epstein is currently providing a retrofit of the existing 12,800 square foot entertainment facility including architecture and interiors, and MEP/FP and structural engineering services; and the Wolf Point development along the Chicago River bank (Wolf Point West and Wolf Point East), and 150 N. Riverside, all of which Epstein provided civil engineering services.
FlyOver Chicago, a project with extremely tight HVAC requirements for sensitive AV equipment, includes dynamic structural reactions that need to ingrate into the existing grade beams and foundations. We're glad we were able to show off some of the sophisticated design features. Thank you to Andrew Kniffen, Senior Project Architect, Sarah Bush, Project Architect and Joe Nelson, Senior Project MEP Engineer for the close up tour!
Dave Hilty, Senior Civil Engineer, guided the group from Epstein's office to Wolf Point East is a 60-story residential tower with 698 luxury apartments. The development has six levels of below grade parking, 3,900 square feet of street-level retail, and 35,000 square feet of amenities. At 930,000 total square feet, Wolf Point East is among the largest apartment buildings in the city.
Wolf Point West, a 48-story residential apartment tower, features lower level parking, a 2nd floor amenity level, a ground floor entry level with a pool, and work out facilities. Epstein's civil engineering services included the design of the grading for the plaza and river walk, stormwater detention design and discharge to the Chicago River including bio-infiltration and hydrodynamic water quality treatment of the stormwater.
150 N. Riverside, a new 54-story commercial high-rise building, was constructed over the Amtrak rail lines, and featured reconstruction of the existing river wall, and modification to the Lake Street and Randolph Street bridge structures for access and pedestrian crosswalk signals.
This annual outing is always a great way to get outside the office and into a past projects. We can't wait for next year - because we never know who we'll run into!