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July 11, 2024 newsletter update

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Ryan Field construction crews will be making exciting progress in July. While the earth retention system anchoring continues, installation of sheeting is now complete, resulting in decreased noise and vibrations. The deep foundation operation will be complete by early August. Mass excavation work also continues, with the stadium bowl nearing its permanent field level, helping to prepare the way for pouring concrete foundations.

Additional work hours approved

The city has approved alternate work hours for the first phase of the Northwestern Ryan Field Project. The additional work hours will be used for equipment maintenance and preparation for the next day’s activities. The work conducted during these additional hours is required to comply with the City’s noise ordinance, and the impact is expected to be minimal. The additional work hours allow the project to progress and stay on time. The additional work hours are at the City's discretion and will be continually re-assessed. 

The alternate work schedule is as follows:

  • Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (currently 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (currently 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • Allowable activities between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on weekdays and 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays are limited to site maintenance and preparation activities and must comply with City of Evanston noise ordinances.

Community meeting

Northwestern University invites you to join us for a virtual community forum on July 23, 2024, at 7 p.m. We will provide important updates on the Ryan Field Project and the temporary lakeside football field. Register online via Zoom.

Temporary lakeside football field

Mark your calendars for Aug. 31 at 2:30 p.m. The Wildcats will host their first home game at the temporary football field. This is an exciting milestone for Northwestern and the Evanston community.

As we get closer to the big day, Northwestern and the City will provide more details. Stay tuned for updates and get ready to cheer on the Wildcats in this historic event.

We look forward to your participation and feedback. Your input is crucial as we work to minimize the impact of these projects and keep you informed.

July 3, 2024

Ryan FieldInstallation of earth retention system sheeting is complete, resulting in decreased noise and vibration levels for the remainder of the project. The final shape of the stadium is now more visible, as crews continue to install soil anchors and bracing around the west side. Soil anchor installation also continues on the north side and caisson installation on the east. Mass excavation also continues, with the bowl nearing its final elevation.

Construction crews will pause activities Thursday, July 4, in observance of the holiday. Work will resume Friday, July 5.

June 27, 2024

Ryan FieldDeep foundation work continues along the east and south sides of the stadium, while soil anchor installation proceeds along the west and north sides. Excavation work also continues along the north and east sides of the stadium.

Construction crews will pause activities Thursday, July 4, in observance of the holiday. Work will resume Friday, July 5. 

June 20, 2024

Ryan Field

Foundation preparation work continues this week, with earth retention soil anchor drilling and installation progressing along the west side and earth retention bracing installation along the east side. Installation of the earth retention system sheeting is now complete, resulting in decreased noise and vibrations.

Deep foundation work also continues along the east side of the site, and crews continue to excavate the center of the site for the below-grade field.

June 13, 2024

Ryan Field

Installation of the earth retention system sheeting will be complete by June 14, which will result in decreased noise and vibrations. Installation of the earth retention system soil anchors and deep foundations continues along the south end of the project, progressing to the west side. Mass excavation also continues, with a portion of the new bowl area now excavated down to the new field level.

The City of Evanston Juneteenth Parade is scheduled for Saturday, June 15, which will cross the approved truck route at the intersection of Emerson Street and Dodge Avenue. The construction team will work closely with the City and the scheduled road closures to ensure truck traffic is coordinated with parade operations.

June 6, 2024 newsletter update

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Activity at the new Ryan Field is shifting gears, with demolition now complete and construction ramping up. The new stadium will begin taking shape by the end of the year, and in the meantime, the Central Street Consortium is hard at work preparing the ground and foundations to support the new, world class stadium.

Mass excavation activities will continue throughout the summer, as crews work to lower the field level. Installation of earth retention sheeting also has resumed and will continue for about two weeks. Residents can expect an increase in noise and vibration during this period. Deep foundation work and caisson installation also continues this month.

 

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