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RMCA Celebrates Groundbreaking of I-74 Bridge Improvements – A Symbol of Heartland Prosperity

R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc. (RMCA) is proud to serve on the $1.2 billion project to improve the I-74 Bridge over the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities region. (From left) Mike Levar, Director – Strategic Initiatives at RMCA; Christine Reed, PE, Senior Vice President at Knight E/A; Tracey Morse, President, Images, Inc.; Randall S. Blankenhorn, Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary; Bruce Rauner, Governor of Illinois; Kim Reynolds, Governor of Iowa; Adam Gregg, Lt. Governor of Iowa; James Threadgill, Project Manager at Hutchison Engineering; George Ryan, Vice President at Amec Foster Wheeler; Jeff Koenig, Construction Project Engineer at HR Green.

R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc. (RMCA) is proud to serve on the $1.2 billion project to improve the I-74 Bridge over the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities region. (From left) Mike Levar, Director – Strategic Initiatives at RMCA; Christine Reed, PE, Senior Vice President at Knight E/A; Tracey Morse, President, Images, Inc.; Randall S. Blankenhorn, Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary; Bruce Rauner, Governor of Illinois; Kim Reynolds, Governor of Iowa; Adam Gregg, Lt. Governor of Iowa; James Threadgill, Project Manager at Hutchison Engineering; George Ryan, Vice President at Amec Foster Wheeler; Jeff Koenig, Construction Project Engineer at HR Green.

On June 26th, R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc. (RMCA) participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the long-awaited I-74 Bridge expansion. Both Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds along with Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation Mark Lowe, Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Randall S. Blankenhorn, Bettendorf Mayor Pro-Tem Debe LeMar, and Moline Mayor Stephanie Acri helped to break ground on this estimated $1.2 billion bridge improvement project to better facilitate transportation in the Quad Cities region and promote continued economic development.

Quad Cities has historically provided an important east-west link in the nation’s transportation network. The original span of the I-74 Bridge opened to traffic in 1935, connecting Illinois and Iowa over the Mississippi River. It took 25 years for the second span to open in 1960. Today, the bridge is over capacity with more than 74,000 accounted vehicles for the average daily traffic count.

As a subconsultant to Amec Foster Wheeler on this collaborative project between the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Illinois Department of Transportation, RMCA is providing construction management services including project controls and scheduling. RMCA recognizes that schedule control is an essential project element and is working with all team members, agencies, and stakeholders to develop a master schedule to encompass all anticipated phases, milestones, and key coordination dates.

The overall scope involves construction of new dual basket-handle arch structures, as well as main line pavement reconstruction and new interchanges in Bettendorf, Iowa and Moline, Illinois. The full project is expected to be complete no later than 2021. Once complete, the bridge will feature wider vehicular lanes and a dedicated bike and pedestrian lane over the Mississippi River.

Work begins this summer on Middle Road in Bettendorf and Avenue of the Cities in Moline.

 

About RMCA:

R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc. (RMCA), a M/W/DBE firm, provides expert Owner’s Representation, Project/Program, and Construction Management services for leading public and private entities in the transportation, aviation, and buildings sectors.

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RMCA’s Mike Levar on ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards Committee for 2017 Awards Ceremony

RMCA's Mike Levar (left corner) served on the  ACEC nationwide Engineering Excellence Awards committee responsible for assisting the  judging panel with their selection 36 project winners for top awards in 2017, including the winner of the 2017 Grand Conceptor Award.

RMCA’s Mike Levar (left corner) served on the ACEC nationwide Engineering Excellence Awards committee responsible for assisting the judging panel with their selection 36 project winners for top awards in 2017, including the winner of the 2017 Grand Conceptor Award.

R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc. (RMCA) supports active involvement in nationwide professional organizations and encourages our personnel to seek out leadership opportunities for supplemental career enhancement. Mike Levar, Director – Strategic Initiatives, recently served on the nationwide committee for the 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA). The awards ceremony, which took place in Washington, D.C. in late April, commemorated the program’s the 50th anniversary with the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

As an EEA committee member, Mike was responsible for assisting the judging panel with their selection 36 project winners for top awards including the winner of the 2017 Grand Conceptor Award – which was awarded to HDR for their design of the new SR 520 Floating Bridge in Seattle. Earlier in the year, Mike and three dozen AEC industry leaders from across the United States gathered to judge the 162 projects submitted for the competition. Mike also attended the EEA Judge Selection Meeting in Las Vegas, NV last summer.

“Not only did this great program provide RMCA and our regional clients national exposure, it also provided me with in-depth knowledge on the latest and best projects from across the globe. I’m grateful to have had this opportunity to be a member of the EEA committee,” remarked Mike Levar.

RMCA is proud to have had Mike Levar represent our firm as part of this prestigious competition to recognize the year’s most innovative projects, studies, and outstanding engineering accomplishments!

About RMCA:
R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc. (RMCA), a M/W/DBE firm, provides expert Owner’s Representation, Project/Program, and Construction Management services for leading public and private entities in the transportation, aviation, and buildings sectors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RMCA’s Stefany Adholekar elected to Board of Directors for SMPS Chicago

Stefany Adholekar headshots by Elizabeth McQuern May 24, 2017-4131 (1)

Stefany Adholekar, Corporate Communications Coordinator at R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc. (RMCA), has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Chicago Chapter for a 2-year term starting this September. As a member of the Board and Director of Professional Development, Stefany will manage programs under the Professional Development Committee including Skills Seminars, Half-Day Workshops, Business Executives Exchanges, Marketing Coordinators Connections, Dine and Shines, and activities related to CPSM licensing. She will also work with the Board and other committees to create opportunities for local members to build long-lasting relationships with other industry professionals. Stefany has been on the Professional Development Committee since October 2015 and currently leads the Business Executives Exchange program.

“R.M. Chin encourages employees to develop their skill sets and supports active involvement in professional organizations. I’m looking forward to seeing her grow as a leader in this role,” said RMCA President Eileen Chin.

At RMCA, Stefany provides marketing communications and proposal management for the Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth area offices.

About RMCA:

R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc. (RMCA), a M/W/DBE firm, provides expert Owner’s Representation, Project/Program, and Construction Management services for leading public and private entities in the transportation, aviation, and buildings sectors.

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Remembering the Great Chicago Flood of April 1992

After the Great Chicago Flood in April 1992, RMCA Founder Raymond Chin served as Project Manager, representing former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley during tunnel repairs.

After the Great Chicago Flood in April 1992, RMCA Founder Raymond Chin served as Project Manager, representing former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley during tunnel repairs.

Twenty-five years ago, the inadvertent puncture of a century-old abandoned freight tunnel triggered 124 million gallons of Chicago River water to flood underground building spaces in the Loop near the Kinzie Street Bridge. R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc. (RMCA) Founder Raymond (Ray) Chin served as Project Manager, representing former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley during tunnel repair work. Ray worked closely with the team tasked with implementing the tunnel repairs.

To safely give workers access to make repairs and perform inspections to the freight tunnel system beneath the river, 700-pound steel doors were installed with close to 30 high-strength bulkheads sealing the tunnel at every river exposure point. With a design resembling the fail-safe of a bank vault, these doors would slam shut if a future breach occurred. To learn about this event, the Chicago Tribune recently published this story on the Great Chicago Flood.

“This infamous piece of Chicago history was also a turning point and the catalyst to the growth of our firm. We’ve grown tremendously since 1992, but there’s always something to be learned from history,” said RMCA President Eileen Chin. “We’re grateful for our continued partnership with the City of Chicago.”

 

About RMCA:

R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc. (RMCA), a M/W/DBE firm, provides expert Owner’s Representation, Project/Program, and Construction Management services for leading public and private entities in the transportation, aviation, and buildings sectors.

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R.M. Chin Celebrates Groundbreaking of Chicago Manufacturing Plant for CTA’s Next Generation 7000 Series Rail Cars

Left photo: R.M. Chin Founder Raymond Chin, PE stands with R.M. Chin Vice President Joseph Donnell. Joseph Donnell serves as Owner's Representative/Project Manager on this project. Right top photo (from left): Chicago Transit Authority President Dorval R. Carter, Jr., CRRC Corporation Ltd. Vice President Sun Yongcai, City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez, People's Republic of China Consul General Hong Lei, CRRC Sifang America General Manager Ma Yunshuang. Right bottom photo (from left): City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, United States Senator Tammy Duckworth, United States Senator Richard J. Durbin.

Left photo: R.M. Chin Founder Raymond Chin, PE stands with R.M. Chin Vice President Joseph Donnell. Joseph Donnell serves as Owner’s Representative/Project Manager on this project. Right top photo (from left): Chicago Transit Authority President Dorval R. Carter, Jr., CRRC Corporation Ltd. Vice President Sun Yongcai, City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez, People’s Republic of China Consul General Hong Lei, CRRC Sifang America General Manager Ma Yunshuang. Right bottom photo (from left): City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, United States Senator Tammy Duckworth, United States Senator Richard J. Durbin.

On March 16th, R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc. (RMCA) joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), CRRC Sifang America, CenterPoint Properties, Jobs to Move America, and the Chicago Federation of Labor for the groundbreaking ceremony of a new Chicago Southeast side manufacturing and assembly plant for CTA’s newest rail cars, the 7000 Series. As Owner’s Representative for CRRC Sifang America, RMCA will provide project execution and oversight during all phases of facility construction.

The new $100 million, 380,944 SF facility, expected to be complete by spring 2018, will assemble CTA’s base order of 400 rail cars (for a total of $632 million), with future options for an additional 446 rail cars. The groundbreaking of this facility also marks the first time in more than 50 years that CTA rail cars will be produced in Chicago. “R.M. Chin is excited to be part of this project to produce the next generation of CTA rail cars and bring rail car manufacturing jobs back to Chicago,” stated RMCA President Eileen Chin.

As part of RMCA’s role as Owner’s Representative, our firm will also monitor the Developer and Contractor, and assist CRRC Sifang America with project occupancy and closeout.

About RMCA:

R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc. (RMCA), a M/W/DBE firm, provides expert Owner’s Representation, Project/Program, and Construction Management services for leading public and private entities in the transportation, aviation, and buildings sectors.

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R.M. Chin Celebrates the Progress of Women Leaders in the AEC Industry

Top left photo (courtesy of SMPS Chicago and photographed by Bob Elmore & Associates): Jacqueline Doyle, President/Owner of Coordinated Construction Project Control Services, LLC; Ellen Bailey Dickson, Principal at Bailey Edward; Natalia Homedi, Principal at Atlas Engineering Group; Tom Petermann, Principal at Eriksson Engineering Associates and SMPS Chicago President; Jenifer Johnson, Vice President at Thornton Tomasetti; Eileen Chin, President of R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc.; Cherryl Thomas, President and Chief Executive Officer at Ardmore Associates; Julie Watts, President of J.A. Watts. Top right photo (courtesy of SMPS Chicago and photographed by Bob Elmore & Associates): Eileen Chin, President of R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc.; Ellen Bailey Dickson, Principal at Bailey Edward. Bottom left photo (courtesy of Lendlease): Eileen Chin, President of R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc., and Lendlease staff. Bottom right photo (courtesy of Lendlease): Jeannine Eicker, Project Executive, Vice President, Project Management & Construction, Lendlease; Eileen Chin, President of R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc.; Peter Ousley, ‎Vice President, Public Sector Lead at Lendlease.

Top left photo (courtesy of SMPS Chicago and photographed by Bob Elmore & Associates): Jacqueline Doyle, President/Owner of Coordinated Construction Project Control Services, LLC; Ellen Bailey Dickson, Principal at Bailey Edward; Natalia Homedi, Principal at Atlas Engineering Group; Tom Petermann, Principal at Eriksson Engineering Associates and SMPS Chicago President; Jenifer Johnson, Vice President at Thornton Tomasetti; Eileen Chin, President of R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc.; Cherryl Thomas, President and Chief Executive Officer at Ardmore Associates; Julie Watts, President of J.A. Watts. Top right photo (courtesy of SMPS Chicago and photographed by Bob Elmore & Associates): Eileen Chin, President of R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc.; Ellen Bailey Dickson, Principal at Bailey Edward. Bottom left photo (courtesy of Lendlease): Eileen Chin, President of R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc., and Lendlease staff. Bottom right photo (courtesy of Lendlease): Jeannine Eicker, Project Executive, Vice President, Project Management & Construction, Lendlease; Eileen Chin, President of R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc.; Peter Ousley, ‎Vice President, Public Sector Lead at Lendlease.

As a women-owned firm, R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc. (RMCA) is proud to support women in the AEC industry who are creating their own paths. This month on International Women’s Day, RMCA President Eileen Chin served as a guest speaker at two Women in Construction-related events to raise awareness about opportunities available for women.

At the SMPS Chicago March Program, Eileen offered career advice and shared the podium with remarkable women leaders from Atlas Engineering Group, Ardmore Associates, Coordinated Construction Project Control Services, Bailey Edward, and J.A. Watts. The panelists reflected on their experiences and accomplishments throughout their careers, and expressed their opinions on gender inequality in the workplace.

On the same day Eileen served as a guest lecturer at Lendlease’s Chicago office, sharing her management approach for leading RMCA’s diverse offices and markets.

“The best way to promote diversity is to offer opportunities. I’m proud to be in an industry that recognizes inclusion and diversity in a meaningful way. It was an honor to be part of these meaningful programs,” expressed RMCA President Eileen Chin.

About RMCA:

R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc. (RMCA), a M/W/DBE firm, provides expert Owner’s Representation, Project/Program, and Construction Management services for leading public and private entities in the transportation, aviation, and buildings sectors.