This IPRO project has two challenges offered by Farpoint Development and its partners as described below: developing concepts for a new logistics center for McCormick Place and developing concepts for people moving at the new Burnham Lakefront development on the site of the former Michael Reese Hospital. This IPRO project continues the work of fall 2018 IPRO teams.
A new logistics center, associated with redevelopment of the Michael Reese site that will be known as Burnham Lakefront, will develop the vertical capacity of the land east of the Michael Reese site and south of McCormick Place, known as the Marshaling Yards. This includes (a) the necessary queuing space for trucks waiting to unload cargo for conventions, (b) access routes to each of McCormick Place’s docks for unloading cargo to specific exhibition spaces within the convention center, and (c) enough parking to accommodate an estimated 875 trucks for their highest volume convention as well as approximately 2,100 spaces for cars. The crux of this challenge will be to develop a logistical algorithm(s), information technology schema, automated sensing and signaling, and other systems and processes to effectively and efficiently manage vehicle traffic flow and staging under a variety of operating conditions.
This project will also explore the potential of an autonomous shuttle or people mover system to serve a variety of locations and venues and a variety of residents and visitors within the Burnham Lakefront site plan that is being developed at the former Michael Reese site south of McCormick Place. The shuttles will be entirely autonomous and the goal is to eliminate as many roadways as possible and to create as many pedestrian walkways and bikeways as possible. Subterranean systems are within the scope of possibility. Viable concepts may have stations located at certain high-traffic areas on the site or the system may enable passengers to input a specific location that instructs the shuttle. There are a range of issues related to technical feasibility, user desirability and business viability that will be explored. This IPRO project continues the work of a fall 2018 IPRO team.