TERRA provided full site civil engineering and landscape architecture services, including construction documents, specifications, permitting and construction assistance, for East West University’s new Student Life Center high rise building in the South Loop. The 17-story lot-to-lot Student Life Center will function both as a dormitory and student center including a library and gym. The civil and landscape scope of work for the Student Life Center building includes site demolition, dimensional control, grading and drainage, utilities, stormwater detention, landscape plans, and construction details. In addition to civil and landscape services, TERRA provided the project’s topographic utility and boundary survey used for the civil design.

TERRA engineered the grading and drainage of the streetscape adjacent to the building frontage along Wabash Avenue. In coordination with the Chicago Department of Transportation, TERRA engineered an ADA-compliant design. The landscape design for the streetscape includes raised planters with ornamental railing. The streetscape improvements around the building were permitted through CDOT.

TERRA worked closely with the architect and structural engineer to design the project’s stormwater detention system. The stormwater detention system for the building consists of an underground precast concrete tank located within the building footprint. Stormwater from the roof enters the tank and discharges to the Chicago sewer adjacent to the building. The stormwater detention design was permitted through the Chicago Department of Water Management.

TERRA provided construction services during all phases of the project to ensure all work was in accordance with the civil design, engineering, and specifications provided. The new East West Student Life Center is anticipated to achieve LEED Silver.


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