CHICAGO – On Friday, April 25, TERRA Engineering, Ltd.’s landscape architecture team accepted an Honor Award for the City of St. Charles’ Red Gate Bridge at Celebration, the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ annual award ceremony at the Chicago History Museum. Red Gate Bridge, a 3,200-linear-foot roadway extension and bridge spanning the Fox River, was recognized in the Design, Constructed: Recreation and Open Space category.
TERRA’s team of landscape architects designed the architectural bridge piers, railings and pedestrian bridge suspended from the overhead vehicular deck. In order to minimize disturbance to the existing wooded bank, TERRA designed 1,200 linear feet of boardwalk from the pedestrian bridge that transitions up the river bank to forest preserve land on either side of the bridge. Since TERRA was also responsible for restoration and naturalized landscaping, more than 600 new trees were planted to seamlessly blend the roadway into the neighboring forest preserve.
The completed bridge provides a direct connection to the Fox River Bicycle Trail running along the east bank of the river and the Kane County Forest Preserve, St. Charles High School and a connection to the Great Western Trail on the west side of the river. Jamil Bou-Saab, TERRA’s executive vice president, said, “Red Gate Bridge is a wonderful example of linking vibrant communities with a vast recreational trail network. It demonstrates a unique blend of innovative design and environmental sensitivity.”
The newly constructed, $30 million Red Gate Bridge continues to compile awards. In addition to ILASLA’s Honor Award, Red Gate Bridge received an American Council of Engineering Companies – Illinois Chapter Engineering Excellence Award in 2013, and the American Public Works Association Chicago Metro Chapter’s Project of the Year for its category and scope.
TERRA Engineering, Ltd. is a full-service, woman-owned engineering firm serving clients since 1992. With offices in Chicago, Peoria, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Oak Park, TERRA provides high-quality services for client-specific solutions within scope, budget and schedule. For more information about TERRA, call (312) 467-0123 or visit us online at www.terraengineering.com.
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