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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.

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R.M. Chin Staff Spotlight: Angela Boyle

Angela Boyle

R.M. Chin is committed to working with small, minority, and disadvantaged businesses to foster win-win relationships, including mentoring firms in the development of their business plans, providing technical oversight, and providing administrative support. This month, we recognize Angela Boyle, Diversity Program Liaison for the Illinois Tollway Program Management Office, for her outstanding service to the Illinois Tollway’s Move Illinois program*.

As Diversity Program Liaison, Angela works side-by-side with the Tollway Diversity team to develop external and internal communications for the Tollway’s outreach efforts. In this capacity, Angela coordinates program-related materials involving the Diversity, Engineering, and Communications Departments. She has been instrumental in the implementation of an aggressive outreach campaign for the Tollway to identify eligible small business firms and help them participate in the Small Business Set-Aside (SBSA) Program. Angela has produced targeted emails, coordinated telephone outreach, organized “Are you ready to bid?” meetings timed with pre-bids, and provided support to the Engineering Department for the identification of eligible candidates. In 2016, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services even announced that the Tollway was ranked number one in small business spend amongst all state agencies participating in the SBSA Program!

In addition to assisting with diversity programs, Angela represents the Tollway on multi-agency planning committees including the Annual Transportation Symposium and Business Exchange. When she’s not helping small and diverse businesses learn about how to do work with the Tollway, Angela enjoys watching her hometown team, the New Orleans Saints, as well as practicing Muay Thai and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Great work, Angela! We’re proud to have you on the R.M. Chin team.

*As a subconsultant to HNTB, R.M. Chin is currently providing Program Management, Construction Management, Communication, and Technical/Administrative services to the Tollway as part of their 15-year, $12 billion Move Illinois program.

 

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RMCA celebrates I-90 with the Illinois Tollway

The Illinois Tollway celebrated the completion of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project at the Schaumburg Convention Center on January 27, 2017. In photograph from left: Greg Bedalov, Executive Director of the Illinois Tollway, Eileen Chin, RMCA President, Beth Tatro, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications at RMCA, Mike Levar, Director – Strategic Initiatives at RMCA.

The Illinois Tollway celebrated the completion of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project at the Schaumburg Convention Center on January 27, 2017. In photograph from left: Greg Bedalov, Executive Director of the Illinois Tollway, Eileen Chin, RMCA President, Beth Tatro, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications at RMCA, Mike Levar, Director – Strategic Initiatives at RMCA.

R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc. (RMCA) recently joined the Illinois Tollway and hundreds of our industry colleagues in celebrating the completion of the Jane Addams Memorial (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project. RMCA is proud to be one of the 540 firms who have contributed towards advancing I-90 and spawning economic development in the Chicagoland region.

Our firm delivered roadway improvements on the eastern segment from Elgin to the Tri-State Tollway (I-294). As mentor protégé on AMEC Foster Wheeler and Jacobs’ joint-venture team, RMCA’s scope of work included mainline roadway reconstruction and widening of the four lanes in each direction as well as local crossroad bridge reconstruction and interchange improvements. Our firm also provided construction management oversight on the retaining wall construction in 2014 and the outside mainline pavement in 2015. “This was an incredible opportunity for R.M. Chin. Our involvement in this historic project was very much a capacity building experience,” said Eileen Chin, President of RMCA. “Thank you to our partners and the Tollway.”

RMCA contributed a company-signed safety vest to the Tollway’s commemorative time capsule as part of this ceremony, and we are excited to be part of Tollway’s upcoming rollout of SmartRoad technologies to continue to enhance the entire 62-mile corridor.

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 Promotes Michael Levar to Director – Strategic Initiatives

mike-levarR.M. Chin & Associates, Inc. (RMCA) is pleased to announce the promotion of Michael Levar to Director – Strategic Initiatives. In this role, Michael will spearhead commercial and business development initiatives and develop long-term strategic positioning for the firm. Michael will also be responsible for coordinating RMCA’s considerable talent to ensure projects are staffed and completed to exceed client expectations.

Michael has more than a decade of experience in Construction Management and Operations Management. Michael was instrumental in securing RMCA’s role on the GEC/CM contract for the construction of the new I-74 bridge between Iowa and Illinois over the Mississippi River and he will be establishing the project controls for that project. He recently served as the East Corridor Construction Manager for the rehabilitation and widening of the I-90 Jane Addams Memorial Tollway – a $2.2 billion program involving mainline roadway and underpass bridge reconstruction, overpass bridge, retaining/noise wall, utility relocation, and Intelligent Transportation System-related projects. As the primary liaison between Illinois Tollway Management and engineering firms tasked with eastern segment construction, Michael coordinated with local municipalities, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Cook County, utility companies, outside agencies, and other adjacent Tollway projects and staff to preserve the East Corridor schedule and budget.

An active member of the American Council of Engineering Companies, Michael was appointed to serve on Engineering Excellence Awards Committee. Additionally, he is a member of the Construction Management Association of America and the Women’s Transportation Seminar.

Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from St. Norbert College in De Pere. He also completed a Project Management Certification program at the University of Chicago. This May, he will earn a Master of Science in Project Management from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

“Through his incredible work ethic, Mike has strengthened our relationships with existing clients and plays a strategic role in moving forward my vision for R.M. Chin. I am excited to see him excel in this new position,” stated RMCA President Eileen Chin.

Michael is featured as one of Crain’s Chicago Business People on the Move for January.

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