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DESMAN’s Millennium Lakeside Garage Wins Bronze Award

32nd Annual Reconstruction Awards

We are pleased to share that the Millennium Lakeside Garage at Maggie Daley Park in Chicago, IL has won a Bronze Award in Building Design & Construction Magazine’s 32nd Annual Reconstruction Awards! Announced in this month’s issue of the magazine, the 32nd Annual Reconstruction Awards features 20 projects that represent the best of the best in historic preservation, adaptive reuse, additions, and renovations.

Located beneath the new Maggie Daley Park, the Millennium Lakeside Garage is part of the largest underground parking facility in the United States, the four-garage, 9,200 parking-space Chicago Underground Parking System. The garage was originally constructed in 1974 and provides approximately 3,850 parking spaces on two underground levels. Since its construction, the Millennium Lakeside garage had not been re-waterproofed and was in desperate need of repairs and additional drainage in order to support the construction of Maggie Daley Park.

"The renovation of the lakeside garage and Maggie Daley Park is a fantastic addition to the city of Chicago. DESMAN is very proud to be a part of such an important project. A special thank you and congratulations to the DESMAN team who worked so hard." - Steve Rebora, President of DESMAN

The project was completed in two phases. Phase one consisted of restoration of the underground garage at a cost of $53 million and took roughly two years to complete between 2011 and 2013. Phase two consisted of waterproofing and drainage efforts under the park at a cost of roughly $7 million and was completed in less than one year. Construction was completed in December 2014.

On all phases of the project, DESMAN served as the Prime Architect/Structural Engineer of record and Waterproofing Specialist to the Chicago Park District lease concessionaire, AMI Group, LLC. DESMAN personnel on the project include Robert Tober, Project Manager; Roman Blekman, Office Engineer; Eugene Vlasenko, Field Engineer; and Chris Kourim, Architect. Also partnered on the project were Kenny Construction (construction manager), Western Waterproofing Co., Inc., and DBA Western Specialty Contractors.

The project afforded numerous challenges to the project team including the removal of the preexisting park in order to perform restoration work on the top slab of the garage, followed by construction of the new Maggie Daley Park. Once waterproofed, the top of the garage didn’t allow for truck traffic, so a long-reach conveyor truck was used to distribute gravel over the waterproofing system. In total, 1,000 cubic feet of concrete were removed and replaced, 1.3 million pounds of melted rubberized asphalt was poured, and 400,000 cubic feet of gravel overburden were used in the reconstruction project.

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