Chicago park District

Project Location

La Villita Park2800 S. Sacramento, Chicago, IL 60608

Services Provided

Phase I, II & III

Project Owner

ChicagoPark District


Prime Consultant

Smith Group JJR35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 2200 Chicago, IL 60601 312-641-6756

Project Contact

Mahmoud A. Issa, Ph.D. PE Project Manager (708)236-0900

Project Duration


Key Team Members

Joseph Glennon,Project Engineer John Saraceno, Staff Engineer

The role of HBM in this project included design of all structural elements, production of structural drawings and specifications, review of shop drawings, coordination and field visits during the construction process.

La Villita Park-Park 553 is for the Chicago Park District. Structural engineering services were provided by HBM. This project contained 4 structural tasks:

Task 1: Design calculations and structural plans preparation for the restrooms, concessions buildings and park canopies.

  • Foundations, floor slab, bearing CMU walls, steel joists, steel columns, purlins and skylight openings.
  • Canopiescarried on four columns: foundations, floor slab, steel columns, beams, and purlins.

Task 2: design calculations for miscellaneous structures.

  • Fourcanopies at different locations carried on two columns: foundations, floor slab, steel columns, beams, and purlins.
  • Foundationsfor 20 feet high Light Poles (total 100): These footings are 18 inches diameter Φ by 40 inches depth.
  • Multiplebasketball hoopfoundations.
  • Retainingwalls (total 2): Each wall is approximately 50 feet, long and 2 feet to 2.5 feet high above ground. The final wall height is approximately 6 feet.
  • Designof overhead gateway with a metal panel at entrances.
  • Designof rectangular 20feet x 10 feet raised planters.
  • Flagpole footing: The footing will be a cast-in-place drilled shaft.
  • Fouridentical kinetic sculpture foundations: Only a typical (one) footing was analyzed and designed.

Task 3: Review and seal the structural plans.

Task 4: Review the shop drawings.