Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company LLC

landscape architecture | planning | urban design

  • Burnham Park @ Soldier Field


    The Chicago Bears

    Chicago, IL


    The Chicago Park District

    Chicago, IL


    Lohan Caprile Goettsch Architects

    Chicago, IL


    Wood + Zapata

    Boston, MA


    Peter Lindsay Schaudt Landscape Architecture

    Chicago, IL

  • Awards

    2005 American Society of Irrigation Consultants Excellence in Irrigation

    Merit Award


    2005 American Society of Landscape Architects/Illinois Chapter

    Honor Award


    2004 Mayor Daley's Landscape

    Awards First Place Rooftop Garden



    2004 American Institute of Architects, Chicago Chapter Citation of Merit



    2004 Building Design and

    Construction Grand Building Team

    Project Award


    2004 Green Roofs for Healthy

    Cities Award of Excellence



    2004 The National Arbor Day

    Foundation Building with Trees

    Award of Excellence


    2004 Friends of Chicago Open Space Project of the Year



    2003 Midwest Construction/ McGraw

    Hill Project of the Year


  • Description

    In conjunction with rebuilding Soldier Field, home to the Chicago Bears, the City of Chicago undertook the renovation of nearby Burnham Park. Located between the Field Museum and McCormick Place, the goal of the Burnham project was to reclaim the urban site and restore a park setting—realizing the 1906 Burnham plan for the Chicago waterfront. Over 17 acres of new parkland were reclaimed from former parking lots and two parking garages.


    Jeffrey L. Bruce & Co. provided the design of agronomic soil systems, high performance turf, and automatic irrigation systems for this innovative and nationally-significant 96-acre urban park. Located atop a landfill containing debris from the Chicago Freight and Tunnel excavations, the site had no productive soils. All growing media needed to be manufactured and delivered to the site. JBC designed nine special soil types to meet the diverse needs of this demanding location. Staging and sequencing of construction had to be choreographed like a ballet. In order to reduce costs, soil excavated from the two parking structures was sculpted into landforms, one of which is a new sledding hill.


    Besides its location over urban landfill, a significant part of the new Burnham Park is built over rooftop concrete structures. JBC met this challenge with the design of viable and structural lightweight soil systems for green roof areas, efficient irrigation, and complementary drainage improvements critical to the success of a diverse planting and high-use landscape solution.

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