Chicago and State Underground Station
Chicago Department of Transportation
Ross Barney & Jankowski
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This project represented the latest efforts in a long history of improving Chicago’s Transit System. The subway station at Chicago and State, in service since 1943 with no major rehabilitations while servicing its 20,000 passengers a day, received a renovations package that included new lighting and architectural finishes, elevator capabilities to meet ADA compliance, escalators, and electrical communications and signage systems. Work consisted of the partial demolition of the existing mezzanine and a 5,000 SF addition to it; three new elevators; three new escalators; new electrical, lighting and signage; and new mechanical and plumbing systems. Also included were 18,500 SF of granite pavers and new street level entrance and exit kiosks. A unique challenge faced by Walsh Construction during this project was that all work, including excavation, earth retention, demolition, and all finishes occurred while the station remained fully operational.