Scope of Work document for third party review, Promontory Point, August 14, 2006 with the 1993 Memorandum of Agreement

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Scope of Work for
The Preservation of Promontory Point
along the Chicago Shoreline, Chicago, Illinois
Conducted by the U.S. Corps of Engineers

Plan Review

* The starting point for the review of the plan for Promontory Point will be the Project Memorandum of Agreement of 1993, which requires the preservation of the revetment at Promontory Point in compliance with the Secretary of the Interior's Guidelines for Historic Preservation.

* Request the Corps to assess the current state of the revetment at Promontory Point and independently provide alternatives for the historic preservation of Promontory Point in the light of this assessment. Final design/plan approval by IHPA will be required.

* Any currently proposed plans for work at Promontory Point will be reviewed for information, but not for design guidance, and no specific comments on those plans will be generated and provided to Stakeholders.

* Review is led by the Corps' Center of Expertise (CX) for the Preservation of Historic Buildings and Structures with engineering and design support by the Buffalo District. Chicago District's participation is as a resource for historical information related to the Promontory Point project and adjacent Shoreline reaches.

Historic Preservation

* Adhere to the Secretary of he Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Landscapes, and principles outlined in the Project Memorandum of Agreement of 1993.

* Preservation Definitions for the Purposes of this Scope of Work

* Coordination and Design Review by a team of he Corps' Center of Expertise for the Preservation of Historic Buildings and Structures in the historic preservation analysis.

Accessibility for People with Disabilities

* Outstanding thoughtful, appropriate accessibility features for the full range of persons with disabilities and for a full range of activities, appropriate for a preservation project. Standard to follow: ADA STANDARDS FOR ACCESSIBLE DESIGN (28 CFR Part 36, revised July 1, 1994) issued by the Department of Justice.

Access to Water's Edge

* Consider multiple points to provide access to the water's edge, distributed around the entire revetment, including water's edge access for people with disabilities. Consider views of the city skyline. The goal will be to maintain the traditional unstructured use of the Point. Design for access to the water's edge must be approved by the Chicago Park District.

Basic Engineering

* Provide shoreline protection/storm damage reduction for a 50-year project life.

* Cost of construction and maintenance to the non-Federal sponsors shall be reasonable and affordable. All costs, both construction and maintenance, will be presented for each alternative, along with how the alternative addresses the historic and accessibility criteria. All factors, costs and other, will be available to be considered when selecting the final plan.

Design Process

* Transparency- All stakeholders will be involved in all decision points relative to the requirements of this Scope.

Schedule (based on # of days following receipt of funding)

Item/Task Duration (Calendar Days) Cumulative Days
Review existing information and develop pre-charette package 30 30
Charette 10 day window 40
Concepts complete (draft) 60 100
Concepts review complete 30 130
Concepts face-to-face 10 day window 140
Concepts final report 30 170
35% design complete (draft) 90 260
35% deign review and ITR 30 290
35% design face-to-face, including selecting Recommended Plan 10 day window 300
Issue final report for 35% 30 330 (about 11 months)


* Status reports- written summary of face-to-face meetings and monthly and/or otherwise scheduled telephone conferences

* Pre-charette package- draft design and cost criteria, conceptual sketches to serve as a starting point for the charette

* Concepts report- includes design and cost criteria, conceptual design based on engineering judge ment and experience; 3-D renderings of charette alternatives; brief historical and landscape significance summary; brief written text describing engineering alternative selection.

* 35% design- preliminary design of each alternative accompanied by construction cost estimates with a 20% contingency; 3-D renderings of preliminary design alternatives; engineering calculations, reports and data supporting the preliminary design. This document and report described below will be used to select the plan for the entire Promontory Point project by selecting the alternatives available for each reach (2 alternatives per reach for 5 reaches). The 35% design will include preliminary coastal, civil, structural and geotechnical engineering design and cost for project features such a main revetment sections, access points, ramps, interior drainage, filling and grading, bike path/walkway and transitions to existing projects. Final design and Plans and Specifications related to the selected alternatives (project plan) will be required and are beyond the scope of this Task.

* Final Report- to include the following:


A. Executive Summary

B. Historical Summary of Promontory Point
-Construction History
-Historical Significance
-Identify character-defining features and design values

C. Summary of Landscape Design
-Analysis of the Original Design
-Analysis of the Existing Landscape
-Impact to Features

D. Design Alternatives
-Section A
-Section B
-Section C
-Section D
-Section E

E. Analysis of the Design Alternatives
-Preliminary design and Analysis
-Engineering Calculations
-Supporting Data
-Cost Estimate

F. Design Recommendation



Chicago Park District letter of agreement to the Scope of Work (qualified to be bound only by the stipulations of the Memorandum of Agreement)

August 14, 2005 [sic]

Ken Bennett, Illinois State Director
Senator Barack Obama
John C. Kluczynski Federal Building
230 S. Dearborn, Suite 3900
Chicago, IL 60604

Dear Mr. Bennett,

I have reviewed the 8/14/06 draft "Scope of Work for the Preservation of Promontory Point along the Chicago Shoreline, Chicago, IL" proposed to be conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Park District is open to preservation enhancements that provide the level of shoreline protection/storm damage reduction for a 50-year project life; provide an appropriate level of accessibility to the water's edge for persons with disabilities; represent a reasonable costs [sic] to local agencies for construction and maintenance and continue to meet approval of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in consultation with the Illinois State Historic Preservation Officer. The draft scope appears to address each of these criteria, and should treat each with equal importance.

While the Park District does not commit to stipulations other than those listed in the 1993 "Memorandum of Agreement for the Illinois Shoreline Erosion Interim 3," we welcome outside review for the exploration of any preservation options that can meet project criteria. Please let me know how I can be of assistance.


Robert Rejman
Director of Lakefront Construction
Chicago Park District


Referenced document: The Memorandum of Agreement of 1993, governing the Point and any other historic sections in the Chicago Lakefront Protection Project


WHEREAS, the Chicago District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has determined that the Illinois Shoreline Erosion Interim 3 Project will have an effect upon historic properties included in and eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places , and

WHERAS, The Corps has consulted with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (Council) and the Illinois State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) pursuant to 36 CPR Part 800, regulations implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.c. 470f); and

WHERAS, the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago participated in the consultation and have been invited to concur in this Memorandum of Agreement:

NOW, THEREFORE, the Corps, the City, the Park District, the Council and the SHPO agree that the undertaking shall be implemented in accordance with the following stipulations in order to take into account the effect of the undertaking on historic properties


The Corps will ensure that the following measures are carried out:

1. The Corps will carry out the construction and rehabilitation of step-stone revetment along five (5) reaches of the Lake Michigan shoreline within the City of Chicago over a fifteen (15) year period as outlined in Illinois Shoreline Erosion/Lake Michigan/Storm Damage Reduction--Interim III Wilmette to Illinois-Indiana State Line, U.S. army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District, December,1992.

2. The Corps agrees to consult with the SHPO during the engineering for each reach, prior to construction to identify those properties on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places and possible project effects on those properties.

a. Where the effect consists of the repair or reconstruction of contributing step stone revetment, the Corps shall consult with the SHPO, the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District to ensure that the design and construction of the revetment will match the existing in accordance with the recommendations of the Secretary of the Interior's "Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation".

b. Where the effect consists of new construction of step stone revetment within or adjacent to identified historic properties, the Corps shall consult with the SHPO, the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District to ensure that the new construction is designed and constructed to minimize impacts to the historic property.

3. The Corps shall submit a written report to the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District, Illinois SHPO and the Council annually summarizing the actions taken to comply with the terms of this Agreement. The first report will be due April 1993 and subsequent report will be submitted each January thereafter.

Execution of the Memorandum of Agreement by the Corps, the Illinois SHPO, and the Council, and implementation of its terms, evidence that the Corps has afforded the Council an opportunity to comment on the undertaking and its effects on historic properties, and that the Corps has taken in to account the effects of the undertaking on historic properties.