Site Location: 1201 W. 120th Street, Chicago, Illinois
Project Description: 40 acres of industrial wasteland cleared, stripped, and prepped for 32,000 plus articulating photovoltaic panels, switchgear buildings, and a LEED accredited Operations Building. Exelon City Solar operates as the nation's largest urban solar power plant, generating a nominal 10 megawatts of electricity.
Civil Scope: Site demolition plans, grading and drainage plans, geometric plans, and hyper-aggressive permit coordination. Responsible for coordinating survey and environmental. Engaged from project inception thru construction.
Civil Engineer of Record: K. Taylor (under engagement at Environmental Design International, Inc.).
View looking eastward from atop the Operations Building. International Harvester occupied the eastern half of the site for nearly 100-years. The solar arrays sit atop many of the foundation remains of the massive former industrial, parts of which have been converted to underground stormwater detention.
Low Impact Development adjacent to existing Metra rail property makes use of the former industrial slabs, minimizing construction impacts and costs.
The plant Operations Building and it's 1-acre environs are certified LEED Silver.