Connecting Chicago to the World with the O’Hare Expansion Initiative

Prepare for takeoff!

Clayco is part of an incredible joint venture with AECOM HUNT and Bowa Construction to transform Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport! The O’Hare 21 initiative is the most significant expansion in the airport’s history and includes three Signature Projects: the Terminal 5 Expansion, O'Hare Global Terminal, and Satellite Concourses. I couldn’t think of a better team to come together to help the Chicago Department of Aviation convert O’Hare into one of the most advanced airports in America.

Our team is excited to be involved in various transformative aspects of O’Hare’s expansion, and we just celebrated the topping out of the $110 million Terminal 5 Landside & Parking Improvements! I’m proud of our team for achieving this significant milestone as the final beam on the new six-story parking garage was placed. The garage will include modern and sustainable features like electric vehicle charging stations, a parking guidance system, and space for 1700 vehicles and 650 vehicles in surface parking.

We are working on many other improvements at O’Hare, including the Elevated Parking Structure Rehabilitation which will take place in 20 phases to fix areas of deterioration, leaking, and corrosion. We're also streamlining the transition from parking to the runway with the Runway 4R-22L Rehabilitation! This initiative involves the restoration of pavement for Runway 4R-22L, sections of Taxiway Y, and other essential airfield infrastructure in the southwest quadrant of the Airport Operations Area. Additionally, the Lower Level Utility & Pavement Reconstruction project will relocate and reconstruct the domestic water main and ComEd duct bank while reconstructing pavements in the arrivals area of Terminals 1, 2, and 3. Last but not least, the Airfield Basin’s Modifications will include critical tasks such as constructing temporary taxiways, relocating utilities, and building roadway tunnels to enable efficient operations.

O’Hare is one of the nation’s busiest airports and the first building to impress Chicago’s visitors. We want to make it EXTRAORDINARY in both its appearance and efficiency. We at Clayco are passionate about nurturing the vibrant communities where we live and work, especially as they evolve and welcome new residents and opportunities.

I’m proud of our collaborative ability to help optimize domestic and international travel and showcase the Art and Science of Building through beautiful architectural designs and art installations to welcome travelers worldwide. Our projects are more than just construction – they elevate Chicago's presence on the global stage and ensure its competitive edge soars higher than ever before. 

Let’s keep connecting the world to Chicago and Chicago to the world!

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