City of Chicago Department of Transportation Washington & Wabash Station

Rail & Transit
Construction Inspection
Construction Management
Chicago, IL

As a member of the team delivering the Washington/Wabash station project in Chicago’s Loop, Ardmore Roderick provided critical construction inspection services. This project merged the nearby century-old stations at Randolph and Madison on Wabash into a single, modern facility.

The new station, situated between Madison and Washington, serves the Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, and Purple lines and is designed to become a gateway for Millennium Park and the Loop. The project was managed by the Chicago Department of Transportation and funded entirely by Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds.

Materials were selected to enhance visibility, reinforce a sense of openness, and maintain a visual connection to the historical corridor. The new facility improves passenger convenience, increases train speeds, reduces operating costs, and ensures accessibility for all riders.

The station features:

  • New station meets ADA standards with new elevators from the street to mezzanine and platform levels.
  • Platform capacity will be enlarged from the existing 7’-6” width to 10’ to 13’ widths
  • 100 percent LED lighting
  • Reuse of a significant amount of existing structure and tracks
  • Bicycle racks to encourage alternative transportation
  • Recycling bins on the platforms
  • Concrete Masonry Units used in wall assemblies sourced regionally
  • Structural steel comprised of recycled material, and metal fabrications used for cladding, wall infill panels, windbreaks, handrails and other items comprised of recycled content.