Studio ORD wins contract for £6.7bn O’Hare International Airport expansion


The City of Chicago has awarded a lead architect contract worth $160m (£126.5m) to Studio ORD to drive the design of the $8.5bn (£6.7bn) expansion of O’Hare International Airport in the US.

The O’Hare International Airport expansion programme, known as O’Hare 21, aims to transform O’Hare with new facilities and modern infrastructure.

Under the contract, Studio ORD will work with the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), airline partners and other key stakeholders to provide design concept for the expansion programme involving a new Global Terminal and Global Concourse for O’Hare International Airport.

Chicago Department of Aviation commissioner Jamie Rhee said: "O’Hare 21 isn’t just a catalyst for transformation in aviation – it’s a catalyst for growth for Chicago’s 77 communities and the entire Chicagoland area.”

Studio ORD is a joint venture comprising Studio Gang Architects (WBE), Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Corgan, Milhouse Engineering & Construction (MBE) and STL Architects (MBE).

Studio ORD founding principal of studio gang and lead designer Jeanne Gang said: “The new Global Terminal and Global Concourse is a critical project for unlocking both O’Hare’s potential to be a leader in aviation and Chicago’s future success as a contemporary, economically strong, and truly global city."

Additionally, the City of Chicago awarded three Construction Manager at-Risk (CMAR) contracts for the O’Hare 21 projects.

The three selected CMARs, including Austin Power Partners, Turner Paschen Aviation Partners, and Aecom Hunt Clayco JV, been awarded contracts valued at $116m (£91.7m).

The scope for the CMARs includes the Terminal 5 expansion, the new Satellite Terminal 2 and its associated APM tunnel, mass grading required for a future employee parking and security facility, and other projects.

The CMARs will enable the construction of O’Hare 21 projects such as the O’Hare Global Terminal and Global Concourse.

In a statement, the City of Chicago said: "The CDA will implement the best-in-the-nation practice of utilizing external Integrity Monitoring services to oversee the three CMARs and ensure compliance throughout construction of the O’Hare 21 program."

Another team is planned to be selected to design two new satellite concourses to be constructed west of Terminal 1.

Image: The O'Hare Airport in Chicago, US. Photo: courtesy of Dllu/Wikipedia.

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