Chicago shortlists five teams for airport expansion project


Five teams have made Chicago’s shortlist to design the historic O’Hare 21 Terminal Expansion Project at O’Hare International Airport.

A wide range of teams, with international and local expertise, will vie for a chance to shape the airport’s biggest expansion ever.

Teams are:

  • 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.

Shortlisted teams, The Construction Specifier says, will be invited to participate in a request for proposal for lead architectural design services. Each team will submit a design model to be showcased at various city locations.

Transportation, business, and civic leaders from Chicago will make up the official selection committee with additional technical advisories from leading architectural firms, cultural and academic institutions, with local businesses also providing  recommendations.

The project calls for an elevated travel experience, better access and amenities for customers, capacity to accommodate today’s fast-growing commercial aviation industry, and the foundation to fuel Chicago’s leading international air connectivity for the future.

The hallmark of this program is the $8.5 billion terminal expansion plan for O’Hare.


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