Award of Merit - Renovation/Restoration

This project required the redevelopment of a portion of an existing landmark public-transportation structure into 100,000 sq ft of open market stores, restaurants, coffee shops and kiosks at ground level underneath the Metra Ogilvie Transportation Center tracks.

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Work included utility connections to a chiller plant two blocks away and suburban concourse improvements, as well as pre-construction services and build-out of French Market and Lavazza Cafe.

All work was performed without disruption to Union Pacific and Metra train operations.

The project team successfully navigated the development of Chicago’s first year-round public fresh food market in an adaptive reuse of existing space within the 100-year-old Ogilvie Transportation Center.

The team coordinated kitchen equipment, utilities, millwork and finishes unique to nearly 30 different vendors to make the market functional as well as aesthetically pleasing.

In order to create a functional kitchen island, insulated black iron ductwork was routed to the track level above the market facility.

Crews worked on the weekends to core holes through the train station ceiling and route the ductwork above the train tracks.

Coordination for all work with Metra and Union Pacific Railroad was unique to this project.

Key Players

Developer/Owner: U.S. Equities Realty Inc., Chicago
GC: W.E. O’Neil Construction Co., Chicago
Architect: OWP&P/Cannon Design, Chicago

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