Chicago selects Studio ORD to design $8.5 billion O’Hare expansion

Credit: Studio ORD

The City of Chicago has selected an architect team to lead the design of the $8.5 billion expansion program for O’Hare International Airport.

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Following a competitive process that shortlisted five architect teams, Studio ORD has been selected to design the new O’Hare Global Terminal and Global Concourse.

The city will now enter into contract negotiations with Studio ORD. Upon contract award, the architect will work with the city and the airlines to design the new Global Terminal and Concourse.

In the coming months, a second team will be selected from the remaining four finalists to design two new satellite concourses to be built west of Terminal 1.

The expansion will elevate the travel experience for more than 83 million passengers relying upon O’Hare each year and will create tens of thousands of jobs for the community. The expansion will be paid for by airport revenues, not taxpayer dollars.

At 2.2 million sq. ft., the new O’Hare Global Terminal will be one of the largest and most cutting-edge terminals in the nation. It will more than double the space at today’s Terminal 2, replacing it with an expanded, light-filled arrivals hall to feature: additional gates; more space for concessions, lounges and public amenities; state of the art new baggage systems; and advanced new technologies to improve security screening.

For the first time at O’Hare, the new Global Terminal will integrate international and domestic operations, allowing travelers to more easily connect to domestic flights from destinations around the world from under one roof.

Additional gate capacity will allow O’Hare’s dual hub partners, United and American Airlines, and their alliance partners to grow at O’Hare, resulting in greater connectivity and competitive pricing for travelers.

The O’Hare Global Terminal is valued at $2.2 billion and is currently slated to break ground in 2023. The city will work with its airline partners to ensure a timely delivery of the new O’Hare Global Terminal and throughout the entire $8.5 billion terminal capital program.


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