Moving to Phase II: 95th St. Red Line Station Terminal improvement exceeds minority contractor guidelines

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The second phase of the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) $280 million, 9th St. Red Line Station Improvement project includes major renovations and additions to the existing North Terminal, widened bus circulation pavement, widening of the north bus bridge, bus canopy systems, improved vertical circulation elements in the station and commuter bridge improvements.

A new pedestrian bridge above 95th St. will connect the terminals in the final stage of construction.

Work on this phase gets underway as contractor F.H. Paschen celebrates the project’s first phase completion with joint venture partner Milhouse Engineering & Construction. In a news release, the contractor says a “skilled, diverse workforce of over 1,200 executed this work, including residents from the local community who will enjoy access to the improved station regularly.”

For the 95th St. Station Improvement, F.H. Paschen’s self-perform workforce exceeded the project goal by more than 55 percent for the percentage of work hours performed by minority workers. The overall project workforce, which includes subcontractors, exceeded this federal goal by nearly 40 percent, the the company said in its statement.

“We lead by example. A diverse workforce is engrained in the history and culture of Paschen, and for each project we build a diverse workforce represents the community,” said F.H. Paschen vice-president Matt Moss. “Through collaboration with CTA and our design partner, EXP, we were able to maximize the station’s architectural impact and operational function, providing the best value to the CTA and their customers”

Paschen Milhouse Joint Venture IV on the 95th St. Station Improvement exemplifies Paschen’s continued effective partnership with Milhouse, teaming their staff’s complementary experience and skills to execute this challenging design–build transit project, the statement said. Milhouse has been an integral part of both the construction and design engineering teams.

Paschen and Milhouse say they have awarded 30 percent of this project’s subcontracts to disadvantaged businesses.

“The 95th Street CTA station is such an important transportation hub for our community,” said Wilbur C. Milhouse, III, president/CEO of Milhouse. “Growing up on the south side, it was a daily part of my commute to school. I am very proud to be a part of this momentous renovation, which will have such a significant impact, and improve the lives of so many fellow Chicagoans.”

Phase one of this two-phase design–build project included a new, modern South Terminal, bus canopies, a new south bus bridge and widened 95th St. both eastbound and westbound to facilitate safe bus operations.

The new South Terminal re-opened Sunday, April 15, with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, local aldermen, a handful of elected officials and students from the F.H. Paschen Scholars Program on-site to announce the milestone. The station is located in the center median of the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94) at 95th St.

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