Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Bridges Over the Kishwaukee River

CLIENT: Illinois Tollway

2015 Excellence Awards, Best Bridge

Presented by: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois


2015 Annual Engineering Excellence Merit Award, Structural Systems

Presented by: American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois

Ciorba Group, Inc. was responsible for the preparation of conceptual studies, and preliminary and final design plans for the replacement of two seven-span 530-foot long PPC bridges in Winnebago/Boone County. The new bridges are two four-span weathering steel plate structures that at 550 feet are the longest integral abutment bridges in Illinois. The new layout guarantees a larger waterway opening. The project included bridge widening and reconstruction of roadway pavement, shoulders and embankments, design of temporary causeways and cofferdams for the construction of wall piers in the river and new drainage structures including detention facilities. The eastbound bridge was instrumented to monitor deflections and behavior as part of a joint research project of the Tollway, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the University of Illinois on integral abutment bridges.

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Rollins Road Millennium Trail Underpass

CLIENT: Lake County Forest Preserves

2015 Engineering Excellence Honor Award, Small Projects

From: American Council of Engineering Companies (Illinois)

Ciorba Group, Inc. prepared the designs for an underpass structure at Rollins Road to connect two existing segments of a multi-use path part of the Millennium Trail. The project included 1,200 feet of paved trail. The alignment utilized horizontal curves to avoid the removal of preferred trees and wetland impacts while meeting ADA standards. The 120-foot long underpass is a cast in place concrete structure 18 feet wide and 10 feet high and was stage constructed in open excavation. The tunnel included aesthetic treatments at each end created by the use of form liners and wall mounted lighting fixtures. The scope of work included installation of a new timber railing and deck repair to an existing bridge over Mill Creek with the project limit. Construction was funded through the federal ITEP program. The project was reviewed by the Illinois Department of Transportation and the FHWA. The project received the 2015 Honor Award for Engineering Excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Illinois for Small Structures.

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Energy Efficient Residential Street Lighting Program

CLIENT: Chicago Department of Transportation

2014 Engineering Excellence Special Achievement Award

Presented by: American Council of Engineering Companies (Illinois)

Since 2001, Ciorba Group has been the City of Chicago’s technical advisor for the maintenance of standards and specifications and the prime consultant for the design of their ongoing annual street lighting program. Ciorba has designed over 4,000 blocks of residential lighting and arterial lighting, which have been installed successfully

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Sheridan Crossing Detention Pond

CLIENT: City of North Chicago

2013 Best Management Practice (BMP) of the Year Award

Presented by: Lake County Stormwater Management Commission

Ciorba Group, Inc. was selected by the City of North Chicago to design, prepare the final plans, and provide construction observation services for a new wetland bottom regional detention basin. The basin was designed to alleviate flooding in a known flood hazard area, improve the quality of stormwater draining to Pettibone Creek, and create a flood storage area for a brownfield site that had no detention requirements. Project components include drainage analysis for the design of the basin, final design plans and specifications, documentation for permit submittals, an engineer’s cost estimate, and bid documents. Ciorba also provided construction engineering services. This project received the Best Management Practice (BMP) of the Year Award from the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Reconstruction

CLIENT: City of North Chicago

2010 Best Transportation Project Award

Presented by: American Council of Engineering Companies (Illinois)

Ciorba Group, Inc. provided preliminary, final design and construction engineering services for the reconstruction of 1.2 miles of a four lane unmarked county highway. Work involved total pavement replacement, new storm sewers along with in-line detention, installing a street lighting system, modernizing two signalized intersections and interconnection with existing signal systems and replacing the sanitary sewer and water main. Design plans included the removal and disposal of substantial amounts of hazardous and special waste found within the project limits. STP funds were used for construction

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Pedestrian Bridge over Northbound Lake Shore Drive at 47th Street

CLIENT: Chicago Department of Transportation

2007 Special Achievement Award

Presented by: American Council of Engineering Companies (Illinois)


2007 Best Small Project Award

Presented by: Structural Engineering Association of Illinois


2007 Public Works Project of the Year Award

Presented by: American Public Works Association (Chicago Chapter)

Ciorba Group, Inc. provided preliminary engineering, and final design plans, specifications and cost estimates for a new pedestrian bridge over Lake Shore Drive over 47th Street. The bridge is 145 feet long, spans northbound Lake Shore Drive and consists of welded pipes assembled in the shop. ..

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Skokie Swift Transit Center

CLIENT: Village of Skokie

2005 Merit Award

Presented by: American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois


2004 Transportation Project of the Year

Presented by: American Public Works Association, Suburban Branch

Ciorba Group, Inc. provided preliminary engineering, final design, and construction engineering services associated with the reconstruction of the existing Skokie Swift commuter parking lot located on Dempster Street. The commuter lot serves patrons of the Skokie Swift rapid transit line as well as a bus depot. The depot accommodates PACE, CTA and private bus lines and a taxi service. The project was funded by a grant administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Public Transportation. The parking lot was reconfigured to improve circulation flow and reduce conflicting vehicle movements. The reconfiguration required relocating the existing depot building. Due to its historical significance, the building was relocated approximately 200 feet to the east but still within the commuter parking lot.

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Lake Shore Drive Over 47th Street

CLIENT: Chicago Department of Transportation

2002 Special Achievement Award

Presented by: Consulting Engineers Council of Illinois

Ciorba Group, Inc. provided preliminary and final design engineering services for the reconstruction of the three-span bridge carrying southbound Lake Shore Drive over 47th Street. Federal STP funds were utilized for the construction. This structure is located in Burnham Park and incorporated numerous architectural features including decorative abutment walls and lighting fixtures. The exterior beams are shielded from view by a decorative fascia. Investigations were made into the potential architectural and historic importance of the structure as it relates to Burnham Park.

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Front Street Reconstruction & Streetscape

CLIENT: Village of Mokena

2002 Merit Award

Presented by: Consulting Engineers Council of Illinois


2002 Outstanding Public Works Project

Presented by: American Public Works Association, Chicago Chapter

Ciorba Group, Inc. provided preliminary, final design and construction engineering services for the reconstruction of Front Street from Wolf Road to School House Road through the Central Business District of the Village of Mokena. The Village’s goal was to replace the aging infrastructure and provide a streetscape that would enhance economic development in their historical downtown district. The landscaping for this project made the most of limited space by providing trees along the sidewalk and developing focal points where more extensive landscaping could be completed. Decorative sidewalk and roadway lighting replaced the existing lighting to further enhance the aesthetic quality of the project and improve safety of motorists and pedestrians.

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Cannon Drive Reconstruction & Streetscape

CLIENT: Chicago Department of Transportation

2000 Merit Award

Presented by: Consulting Engineers Council of Illinois

Ciorba Group, Inc. completed the plans and specifications for the rehabilitation of Cannon Drive from LaSalle Drive to Fullerton Parkway. Cannon Drive is the main access and parking area for Chicago’s famous and highly visible Lincoln Park Zoo. The project involved the construction of a landscaped plaza at Fullerton Parkway, the widening of Fullerton Parkway and the resurfacing and patching of Cannon Drive. Other improvements included new sidewalk, pedestrian crossings with brick pavers, landscaping, lighting improvements and curb and gutter removal and replacement

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