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Chicago-to-Quad Cities Passenger Rail in Sight

As a subconsultant to Quandel Consultants, R.M. Chin & Associates is providing Program Management support to the Illinois Department of Transportation Bureau of Passenger Rail Corridor Management for the Chicago to Quad Cities Rail Project. From left, W. Robert Moore; Quandel Consultants, Faheem Hussain, R.M. Chin & Associates.

As a subconsultant to Quandel Consultants, R.M. Chin & Associates is providing Program Management support to the Illinois Department of Transportation Bureau of Passenger Rail Corridor Management for the Chicago to Quad Cities Rail Project. From left, W. Robert Moore; Quandel Consultants, Faheem Hussain, R.M. Chin & Associates.

After years on hold, the much-desired passenger rail network between Chicago and the Quad Cities is under way. As a subconsultant to Quandel Consultants, R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc. (RMCA) is providing Program Management support to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Bureau of Passenger Rail Corridor Management for the Chicago to Quad Cities Rail Project.

Originally part of the Rock Island Railroad network, passenger service between Chicago and the Quad Cities ceased in 1978.  Therefore, the re-introduction of this rail corridor is a key element for improving connectivity between these two major Midwest hubs. Once complete, this service route will connect Chicago to the Quad Cities via two rail lines, BNSF and Amtrak. The proposed service will begin at Chicago Union Station and terminate at the new Moline Multimodal Station. Other intermediate locations will include La Grange, Naperville, Plano, Mendota, and Princeton.

One component of the project is the reconfiguration and expansion of the BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) Eola Rail Yard between Aurora and Naperville. RMCA Construction Inspector Faheem Hussain recently oversaw the inspection of the new railroad reconfigurations at the Eola Rail Yard, which included new track, switches, and signals. RMCA additionally provided inspection of the detention ponds, culverts, storm sewer system, pavement, and access roads and will soon be tasked with overseeing the track rehabilitation effort along the Iowa Interstate Railroad Mainline between Moline (near MP 180) and Wyanet (near MP 129).

“RMCA recognizes the importance of improved passenger transportation from Chicago to Quad Cities. We’re proud to be on the Quandel team, led by Principal and Chief Engineer Bob Moore, PE, and appreciate the opportunity to grow our expertise in this sector,” said RMCA President Eileen Chin.

IDOT serves as the lead agency for this project and is working in partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration. Additional project partners include Amtrak, BNSF, Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd., Illinois Commerce Commission, and key representatives from cities and communities in the corridor path.

 

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: John Nino

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R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc. (RMCA) provides comprehensive Owner’s Representative services to the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) for capital improvement projects at the Chicago O’Hare and Midway International Airports. The RMCA personnel are senior subject matter experts with expertise in a wide-range of engineering disciplines. This month, we recognize John Nino for his outstanding service to the CDA’s Capital Improvement Program.

A Senior Resident Engineer and Field Inspector, John Nino provides materials inspection and oversees and documents construction activities. John recently completed the Air Handling Unit Replacement Project at the O’Hare Heating and Refrigeration (H&R) Plant, which involved the removal and replacement of four air handling unit systems, along with adjacent pumps, chilled, low, and high temperature water piping, controllers tied into the building automation and fire alarm system, ductwork, valves, pumps, heat exchangers, and replacement of cooling coils in other units.

John also served on the $11 million Easting Cooling Tower Project, as well as the H&R Roof Replacement, Terminal 5 (T5) Roof Replacement, and Chiller project – all at O’Hare.

“The most memorable and challenging project I’ve completed so far has been the T5 Roof Replacement at O’Hare. It was a challenge because of T5 being a multi-level building. Add to that being sandwiched between Airside gates and the ATS People Mover. The arch and all of the recesses made moving material on the roof, and the debris off the roof, very difficult. The O’Hare Chiller project was also an amazing career opportunity for me. It was the first time I worked with air skates. That project also involved moving an 80,000-pound vessel using 6 air skates at 100 PSI. It’s something you had to have witnessed to believe,” stated John.

RMCA is proud to provide unique project opportunities to our staff. Keep up the great work, John!

 

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 Runs the Runway

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R.M. Chin & Associates strongly believes in contributing to the communities where we work and live. On September 17th, members of the R.M. Chin team participated in the 5th Annual Midway Fly Away 5K Run and Walk – raising more than $3,000 for Special Olympics Chicago.

Sponsored by Special Olympics Chicago and in partnership with the Chicago Department of Aviation and Southwest Airlines, this unique, family-friendly race permitted runners, walkers, supporters, and volunteers to view regular airport and airline operations while participating on a secure portion of the runway near one of the Southwest Airlines hangars at Midway International Airport.

“R.M. Chin has been serving Midway Airport for over 25 years. It’s our responsibility to support the airport and its community,” said Eileen Chin, President of R.M. Chin & Associates. “Thank you to all my team members, the Midway Airport team, and the Special Olympics for such a great event.”

The event’s benefits will go towards the year-round programs enjoyed by more than 7,500 Special Olympics Chicago athletes.

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 announces New Dallas/Fort Worth Leadership

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R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc. (RMCA) is pleased to announce the addition of new leadership in our Irving, Texas office. Kevin Wheelis, Associate AIA, has joined RMCA as Regional Manager.

An industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in all facets of architecture and engineering – from planning and programming to construction inspection and project management, Kevin brings to RMCA his deep technical expertise on luxury residential, hospitality, and airport/airline terminal and infrastructure improvement projects. Kevin’s most recent work includes eight years as a project manager on the Terminal Renovation and Improvement Program at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) where he oversaw the design and construction of Terminals B & E.

With a history of effectively delivering well-designed and well-documented projects on schedule, Kevin will be working on the American Airlines Employee Support Space project recently awarded to RMCA. In addition to his project duties, Kevin be focusing on expanding our market opportunities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

“Kevin Wheelis is a highly respected professional and well known for effectively managing projects. With Kevin’s understanding of our clients and their unique program challenges, our Texas office is poised for continual growth and market expansion,” said RMCA President Eileen Chin.

Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and the Texas Society of Architects.

Kevin can be reached at kwheelis@rmchin.com.

He is featured as one of Dallas Business Journal’s People on the Move for September.

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 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.