Power Construction Marks Progress at O’Hare CONRAC
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Power Construction Marks Progress at O’Hare CONRAC

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 09:15

The project, a joint venture of Austin Power Partners (Austin Commercial, Power Construction, and Ujamaa Construction), includes  a 2,500,000 sf, 5-story parking facility featuring 6,900 parking spaces with a fourth floor customer lobby and rental car counters, as well as a 240,000 sf, 3-story Quick Turn Around facility with wash bays and fueling stations, and a new Airport Transit System (ATS) station.

What does it take to complete a project of this size?  Here are a few facts:

  • 5,900 pieces of precast concrete, each arriving on its own truck, is lifted into place with a 350-ton crane, with a 220’ boom on it, operating under the FAA restriction of 190’ high due to its proximity to O’Hare runways.  The team can place 20-25 pieces each day – and it will take over a year to complete both the garage and QTA structures.
  • 60,000 cubic yards of soil was removed from the 40-acre site, mostly during caisson installation and pond excavation.  That’s more than 5,000 truckloads hauled off the site to other areas of the airport based on three categories:  structural fill, topsoil, and unsuitable soils.  The structural fill may be used in future projects, topsoil for landscaping at the airport.
  • 650 caissons, 75 feet deep, were installed from November 2015 through June 2016.  

This rendering shows the parking facility,  new ATS station, and QTA facility with full green roof.