In collaboration with Austin Commercial and Ujamaa Construction, we have broken ground on the long-awaited ORD Terminal 5 expansion. The $1.2 billion makeover will increase capacity by 25%. The project includes extension of Concourse M with ten new gates, new airline lounges, four additional TSA security checkpoints, improved immigration facilities, and a complete modernization to the 25-year-old baggage handling system. The new T5 will accommodate both domestic and international operations upon completion in 2022.
Modernization of Terminal Required Upgraded Infrastructure
Behind-the-fence construction activities include work on all four levels of the occupied terminal, upgraded electrical and mechanical systems, relocated and added pedestrian bridges and construction of temporary arrival gates to minimize disruption during the multi-year phased project. This addition was designed with future flexibility in mind – the new gates will accommodate a variety of wide-body and narrow-body aircraft.