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Construction Begins on $1B O'Hare Expansion

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

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Chicago officials celebrated last week the groundbreaking of the $1.5 billion expansion of O’Hare International Airport’s Terminal 5—just one piece of the massive $8.5 billion “O’Hare 21” renovation project.

“Chicago and its airline partners are propelling the nation’s best-connected travel hub to the next level, starting with a more than $1 billion infusion that will bring new gates and expanded amenities to Terminal 5,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Renderings courtesy of HOK

Chicago officials celebrated last week the groundbreaking of the $1.5 billion expansion of O’Hare International Airport’s Terminal 5—just one piece of the massive $8.5 billion “O’Hare 21” renovation project.

“With the improvements we are making today, O’Hare will continue to set new records and fuel more connectivity, tourism and economic impact for the City well into the future.”

Terminal 5

The expansion of 25-year-old Terminal 5 (designed by firms Muller & Muller and HOK) aims to increase the total building area by approximately 350,000 square feet and has a completion date set for 2021.

The Terminal 5 project includes:

  • A 25 percent expansion of aircraft parking space (10 new gates) to better accommodate large aircraft and reduce gate delays;
  • A 75 percent increase in space dedicated to passenger amenities, including 15 new dining and retail locations;
  • A 70 percent expansion of premium lounge space, including a new Delta Sky Club; and
  • An expanded checkpoint with six new security lanes, and improved immigration facilities.

Also, by 2022, the baggage-handling system will also get an update.

“The expansion of Terminal 5 is a win-win for Chicago residents, businesses and travelers the world over,” said Matt O’Shea, Chairman of the Aviation Committee and 19th Ward Alderman.

“With more gates and more amenities to serve customers, today’s investments to expand and modernize Terminal 5 will generate a better and more connected O’Hare tomorrow.”

Larger Project

The Terminal 5 project is keeping the larger plan, which was approved in April 2018, in motion.

The biggest piece of the puzzle is the 55-year-old Terminal 2, which will be torn down to make room for a new global terminal with wider concourses and gates that could accommodate larger aircraft intended for international flights.

The expansion of 25-year-old Terminal 5 (designed by firms Muller & Muller and HOK) aims to increase the total building area by approximately 350,000 square feet and has a completion date set for 2021.

In addition to Terminals 2 and 5, Terminals 1 and 3 are also set to be renovated, with two new satellite concourses to be built and connected to the new global terminal via an underground pedestrian tunnel.

More than 3.1 million square feet of terminal space will be added, a 72 percent increase over the current 4.3 million square feet.

Once construction of the air field is completed, O’Hare will operate six east-west runways and two diagonal runways, resulting in dozens of new gates opening over the next eight years. The expansion is also slated to include a new parking and security screening facility for airline employees, a Terminal 5 parking garage and three new baggage systems.

Emanuel’s office says that the project “will create more than 60,000 construction jobs for the next eight years, and tens of thousands of new permanent jobs with the airport, airlines, tourism and supporting industries to support a larger, modern airport complex in the next decade.”

Emanuel announced a world-wide design competition for Terminal 2 in June 2018, and released a shortlist of designers in November and designs in January.

The five that made the cut for the shortlist included Fentress-EXP-Brook-Garza Joint Venture Partners; Foster Epstein Moreno JV Joint Venture Partners; Santiago Calatrava LLC; Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM); and Studio ORD Joint Venture Partners.

Chicago intends to select two design teams: one to design the O’Hare Global Terminal and Concourse and the other to design two new satellite concourses.

   

Tagged categories: Airports; Architecture; Design; HOK ; Maintenance + Renovation; NA; North America; Ongoing projects; Terminals

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