December 13, 2022
Epstein was awarded Designer of the Year by the Chicago Transit Authority at the Illinois Road and Transportation Builder's 85th Annual Meeting, Holiday Party and Awards Ceremony last Thursday. The yearly event recognizes outstanding members of the transportation design and construction community - where representatives from multiple state agencies will present numerous awards for outstanding projects completed in the past year.
Epstein is providing architectural design as well as civil, MEP and structural engineering services for Phase One of the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) Lake Line Austin Station as part of the their All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP). ASAP is a dedicated planning effort to establish the first-ever blueprint for making the 42 remaining non-accessible rail stations vertically accessible over the next 20 years. Epstein's scope includes ADA improvements to the station’s accessibility, such as the installation of a new elevator, sidewalk ramp, interior stationhouse ramp, an accessible customer agent kiosk, and staff toilet room. Additional site work, lighting, signage and communication upgrades are also included.
The Austin station is the first ASAP design location to come from the program. The station was determined to remain historic. Due to coordination with the State Historic Preservation Office, work on the platform canopy structure was limited to retain as many original elements as possible.
This is a wonderful honor, and we're grateful for the recognition from the Chicago Transit Authority!