O’Hare International Airport FedEx Cargo Relocation in Chicago.

O’Hare International Airport FedEx Cargo Relocation



Thornton Tomasetti provided structural engineering for the construction of a new cargo building and ancillary facilities to accommodate the relocation of existing FedEx operations at O’Hare International Airport. The complex is designed to fulfill LEED Gold standards.

The 343,000-square-foot structural steel cargo building includes a mezzanine for support functions, contains a 175,000-square-foot automated material handling system and is topped by the largest green roof at any airport in the United States. Support buildings include an administrative center, pedestrian bridge link, maintenance building, generator enclosure and guard kiosk facilities constructed of structural steel and supported on shallow foundations.

The exterior skin is curtain wall at the administrative center and pedestrian bridge, and precast at the cargo building and remaining buildings. The administrative center and pedestrian link feature architecturally exposed structural steel. A 544-linear-foot monorail system is included in the cargo building.

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