Navy Pier, Phase I

Chicago, IL—Honor Award, Commercial & Public Works


Jeffrey Bruce
Jeffrey L. Bruce & Co., LLC
North Kansas City, MO



The Historic Navy Pier is an iconic thread in the fabric of Chicago.  As the world’s largest public pier, it is a top-attended leisure destination in the Midwest, attracting more than 9 million guests a year.

In honor of its 100th anniversary, Navy Pier unveiled dramatically reimagined, pier-wide enhancements.  In the summer of 2016, Navy Pier completed the first phase of a comprehensive redevelopment plan, titled, the “Centennial Vision.”  The project included a new Polk Bros Park Fountain and Plaza as the gateway to the Pier, a greener and more contemporary South Dock promenade, and improvements at the Ferris Wheel and other public spaces.



The Phase I redesign is the first step in reinvigorating Chicago’s iconic Navy Pier.  The project included green infrastructure, trees, and perennial plantings.

Tasked with the design of the irrigation, stormwater, and soils systems, Jeffrey L Bruce & Company developed an integrated approach to water management.  The use of reclaimed water in the irrigation system demonstrates how it is possible to protect and promote the landscape while still being environmentally responsible.  Utilizing harvested stormwater in a 75,000-gallon stormwater chamber, the irrigation system is able to operate for 2 weeks using non-potable water.  The irrigation equipment is controlled by a smart web-based central control system which gathers volumetric moisture data and uses site evapotranspiration values to efficiently irrigate the site.

Navy Pier, Inc. (NPI) commitment to sustainability is evidenced by the water saving technologies incorporated into the project.  Phase I of Navy Pier is the first project to achieve Gold SITES v2 certification.



  • Consultant worked with the site Landscape Architect to provide the irrigation and stormwater management design and consulting services for the project
  • Supported the project’s lead landscape architect
  • Provided the design of an integrated water management system aimed at minimizing the use of potable water and reducing the volume of stormwater runoff



Redesigning an iconic destination such as Navy Pier requires the preservation of its storied history and the integration of today’s designs and technologies.



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