Chicago Botanic Garden
The Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG) is a world-renowned garden, featuring 24 display gardens and four natural areas that are uniquely situated on nine islands surrounded by multiple lakes. In conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the CBG project is part of a ten-month Section 206 Ecosystem Restoration project to restore approximately 6,400 feet of shoreline surrounding the Garden’s North Lake.
In keeping with the specialized nature of the Chicago Botanic Garden site, the project has some unique project requirements and a condensed timeline for completion. Upon receiving the Notice-to-Proceed in August of 2011, the majority of the plant material had to be propagated in late winter of 2011 and ready to meet the installation start date of May 15, 2012. This included 119,085 plugs and 1,230 shrubs. To further complicate things, the source for the 168 species of plugs and 30 species of shrubs was confined to a 175-mile radius from the site. All totaled, twelve different nurseries were contracted to meet the project demands.
The plug planting is expected to be completed within two months. The established completion date for has been set for August 31, 2012.