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Another Contract Inked for O'Hare Project

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Another contract has been finalized for the massive $8.5 billion expansion of O’Hare International Airport.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, which lost the bid for the International Terminal, was tapped to create a pair of connecting concourses.

Some Background

The expansion was approved by the city council back in April 2018, with the biggest piece of the puzzle being that the 55-year-old Terminal 2 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. Terminals 1, 3 and 5 are 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% increase over the current 4.3 million square feet.

City of Chicago

Another contract has been finalized for the massive $8.5 billion expansion of O’Hare International Airport.

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.

Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office said 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 launched a Request for Qualifications for the project to architects all over the world last June.

The city received bids from a dozen groups. (Those that did not make the shortlist included notable names such as Bjarke Ingels Group, Perkins + Will, HOK and Grimshaw Architects.)

The five that made the cut for the shortlist, announced in November, included Fentress-EXP-Brook-Garza Joint Venture Partners; Foster Epstein Moreno JV Joint Venture Partners; Santiago Calatrava LLC; SOM; and Studio ORD Joint Venture Partners.

Designs from the five were revealed to the public in January, and in March, Emanuel announced that the design from Studio ORD was chosen for the task and began the contract negotiations with the joint venture, which includes Corgan Associates Inc., Milhouse Engineering and Construction Inc., STL Architects Inc., Solomon Cordwell Buenz & Associates Inc. and Studio Gang Architects Ltd.

Studio ORD

Designs from the five were revealed to the public in January, and in March, Emanuel announced that the design from Studio ORD was chosen for the task and began the contract negotiations with the joint venture, which includes Corgan Associates Inc., Milhouse Engineering and Construction Inc., STL Architects Inc., Solomon Cordwell Buenz & Associates Inc. and Studio Gang Architects Ltd.

In May, Mayor Lori Lightfoot inked the deal with Studio ORD, led by Chicago architects Jeanne Gang.

The contract is worth about $160 million.

The city also awarded three construction manager-at-risk contracts, each for $116 million, to Austin Powers Partners, Turner Paschen Aviation Partners and AECOM Hunt Clayco Joint Venture.

What Now

Chicago’s Department of Aviation announced last week that SOM will be handling two new satellite buildings—dubbed S1 and S2—which combined for about 1.2 million square feet and will connect to the new Global Terminal via underground tunnels.

The two structures will cost an estimated $1.4 billion.

The satellite buildings aren’t even expected to break ground until 2020, and officials say that they need to be completed before work can begin on the Global Terminal.

   

Tagged categories: Airports; Commercial / Architectural; Maintenance + Renovation; NA; North America; Renovation; Terminals

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