Geofoam serves as soil substitute in Windy City park project

Geofoam serves as soil substitute in Windy City park project
Some of the geofoam blocks from Insulfoam that the Chicago Park District used as a lightweight fill to create the hilly landscape at ht district's new 20-acre Maggie Daley Park.

Some of the geofoam blocks from Insulfoam that the Chicago Park District used as a lightweight fill to create the hilly landscape at ht district’s new 20-acre Maggie Daley Park.

Originally published on American City and County Website, Dec 2014

Landscape architects rely on InsulFoam GF EPS geofoam to form hills and contours on top of downtown parking garage.

Construction crews in Chicago have built a signature outdoor space in the middle of the Windy City’s downtown.  The 20-acre Maggie Daley Park on the Lake Michigan shoreline provides residents and visitors with space to relax and play year-round.  The Chicago Park District operates and manages the park.

One challenge facing the project’s landscape architects was how to construct hills and landscape contours throughout the space, including on top of the East Monroe Street Parking Garage, which lies underneath the park.  Soil would be the typical choice, but would have been too heavy for the garage to support.

Read more on American City and County on the recent news on Chicago’s Maggie Daley Park

More news coverage on Chicago’s Maggie Daley Park:

Geosynthetics for new Chicago downtown park, Construction Specifier Magazine

A Park With Soil, Site Prep Magazine

Maggie Daley Park to Turn Garage into Rolling Hills, ABC Chicago News

Geofoam Helps Mild the Construction of Chicago’s New Downtown Maggie Daley Park

Foam Blocks Form Hilly Landscape at Maggie Daley Park Site, Chicago Sun-Times