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United Airlines Terminal Renovations

We provided structural design, renewal and protective design services for the $26.5-million curbside renovation and south building addition for United’s Terminal 1 at O’Hare International Airport.

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Project Details

Project Partners
Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Owner
Chicago Department of Aviation
Location
Chicago, Illinois
Completion Date
Area
16,000 ft²
Number of Estimated Passengers/Year
18 million
Number of Gates
53
United Airlines Terminal Renovations at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois. Thornton Tomasetti
United Airlines Terminal Renovations at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois. Thornton Tomasetti
United Airlines Terminal Renovations at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois. Thornton Tomasetti
United Airlines Terminal Renovations at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois. Thornton Tomasetti
United Airlines Terminal Renovations at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois. Thornton Tomasetti

Enhancing People Movement and Security for a Major International Airport

Few airports in the world are busier than Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Housing nine concourses and 191 gates, O’Hare serves more than 80 million travelers a year, making it the third busiest airport in the United States and sixth busiest in the world. O’Hare is also home to United Airline’s largest commercial hub in the U.S., which makes efficiency and speedy access to ticketing, baggage claim and security key priorities for both the facility and airline.

We provided structural design, renewal and protective design services to Solomon Cordwell Buenz for the $26.5-million curbside renovation and south building addition for United’s Terminal 1 at O’Hare. The project was completed in 2007.

Highlights

  • The terminal’s curbside addition involved the reconstruction and extension of the existing 750-foot-long terminal by moving the façade 20 feet out toward the roadway to contain new glass-enclosed vestibules and curbside check-in locations with small canopies.
  • The 10,000-square-foot south building addition consisted of a single-story expansion of the existing terminal building for a new security checkpoint and circulation between Terminals 1 and 2.
  • The expansion also included provisions for the addition of a future mezzanine level.