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O’Hare International Airport Terminal 5

Complex airport terminal project with significant phasing requirements and aggressive schedule while maintaining ongoing airport operations during construction

As one of the leading builders in the Midwest, Gilbane served as majority partner with four M/WBE firms serving as the construction management team for this four-level international passenger terminal.

Construction of the largest international terminal in the United States presented several challenges including overcoming the difficulties associated with the project’s size, meeting an aggressive schedule, constructing without disruption to existing operations at the world’s busiest airport and building around adjacent construction of the Airport Transit System. Designed by a team of architects including Andrew Heard & Associates, Ltd., Consoer Townsend & Associates, Group One Design and Perkins + Will, Terminal 5 features 21 wide-body gates, 156 ticketing positions, 11 baggage carousels, Federal Inspection and U.S. Customs services, VIP lounges and an automated guideway transit station.

Client Value

Gilbane’s precise estimating, project controls, and value engineering recommendations, such as the first use of precast terrazzo in a U.S. airport, reduced costs, shortened the project schedule and increased the long-term operating function of the facility. Gilbane also led the effort to make the minority and women-owned business partnerships a success. The team implemented an impressive participation plan and outreach far exceeding the minimum requirements set forth.