Completion of Phase One of 95th Street Red Line Station done with local hires

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CHICAGO’S MAYOR EMANUEL (third from left) is photographed with many of the CPS high school students from Westinghouse on the West Side who were involved with the project from the beginning. The Phase One 95th Street Red Line Terminal project also brought 1,200 other skilled jobs to the South Side.

Last week, F.H. Paschen celebrated the completion of the first phase of the CTA 95th Street Red Line Station Improvement Project alongside joint venture partner Milhouse Engineering & Construction. A skilled, diverse workforce of over 1200 executed this work, including residents from the local community who will enjoy access to the improved station regularly.

For the 95th Street Station Improvement, F.H. Paschen’s self-perform workforce exceeded the project goal by over 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.

“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 that represents the community,” said Matt Moss, Vice President of F.H. Paschen. “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 Street 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. Milhouse has been an integral part of both the construction and design engineering teams.

Committed to growth and building capacity in diverse and local businesses, Paschen and Milhouse 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 PE, 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 can- opies, a new south bus bridge and widened 95th Street both eastbound and westbound to facilitate safe bus operations.

Phase two of the project includes major renovations and additions to the existing North Terminal, widen- ed 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 Street will connect the terminals in the final stage of construction.

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 Street.

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