Water Main Infrastructure Improvements

Water Main Infrastructure

With 28 gardens situated on 385 acres, 60 acres of lakes, 9 islands, and 50 years of development and growth, the Chicago Botanic Garden needed to add resiliency to its potable water system. S Projects was engaged to plan, estimate, procure, and execute the necessary improvements with one main goal: limit the impact on the Garden’s extensive living collection and its visitor experience.

To achieve this, the project utilized directional drilling to install almost three quarters of a mile of new, corrosion resistant pipe, valves, and fittings. Rather than exacting trenches to lay pipe, directional drilling only has small excavations at each end and the pipe is drilled between. The result is a more reliable water system that preserved the collection and most visitors didn’t even realize the project was taking place.


Client: Chicago Botanic Garden
Location: Glencoe, IL
Role: Owner’s Representative
Status: Complete

Photos: Chicago Botanic Garden


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