Chicago Airports

O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport

With more than 95 million passengers passing through O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport each year on approximately 3,000 flights per day, the City of Chicago’s Department of Aviation (CDA) is constantly striving to improve the safety, comfort and convenience of the travelling public and those who work at the airports. To continue to improve the traveler and airport's staff's experience, an improvement program was established with several projects completed or underway including runway rehabilitation, terminal expansion and improvements and facility upgrades.

In 2005, Heery formed a joint venture called Chicago Airports Resources Enterprises (CARE) to establish an improvement program. Heery, is overseeing the city’s on-going, multi-billion dollar capital improvement program at both airports, providing construction management services on a variety of projects within the program. Projects include the design and construction of a new $55 million parking facility for airport rental car concessionaires, construction management for a new O'Hare cargo facility, $25 million Runway 9R-27L comprehensive maintenance, and construction management for $80 million improvements to Chicago O’Hare’s Terminals 1 and 2. The CARE Joint Venture is also involved in special projects such as baggage handling, security check points, runway safety area improvements and safety management.

Key components of this program include the following:

Runway 9R-27L Comprehensive Maintenance 
Milling and grooving Runway 9R-27L pavement and shoulder, and overlaying taxiway and shoulders. The project also included full demolition of existing pavement and lighting infrastructure and under drain in various areas. Centerline lighting and runway direction signs were removed and replaced.

Chicago O' Hare Terminal 1 & 2 Expansion and Renovation
Terminal expansion, renovation, vertical transportation and concession improvements for both public and tenant areas. The work included new steel canopy along upper level roadway at Terminal 1 and renovation of upper and lower levels of Terminal 2 Interior, including operation, office, baggage, public space, security space, and concession space. All work was performed while the terminals remained fully operational.

Consolidated Parking & New Cargo Facilities
A new consolidated parking facility was designed and constructed for airport rental car concessionaires. The facility includes a five-level garage that accommodates over 1,800 vehicles. A new cargo facility at the O'Hare includes a new PCC taxi lane, airside service road, landside roadway relocation, and related utility and infrastructure improvements.


Program Management
Construction Management


Chicago, IL


Multiple projects, varying in size