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City finalizes deal with Studio Gang-led team for $8.5B O'Hare expansion

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The city of Chicago has reportedly signed a contract with Studio ORD to implement an $8.5 billion expansion of O’Hare International Airport’s terminal space. Studio ORD is a joint venture led by Chicago-based Studio Gang along with Solomon Cordwell Buenz, STL Architects, Corgan Associates and Milhouse Engineering and Construction.

According to a report by Crain’s, the city announced that the joint venture will start working immediately with the city as well as partner airlines to finalize details of the design. Chicago officials selected the Studio ORD proposal in March following a public comment period.

“This experienced, world-renowned team will help the city and airline partners create economic opportunity for our communities while furthering momentum behind Chicago as a global leader in aviation,” said Aviation Commission Jamie Rhee in a statement.

The city also tapped three groups to oversee construction management on the massive project. These include Austin Power Partners, a joint venture with Turner Construction Company and F.H. Paschen and a joint venture of AECOM Hunt and Clayco.

The new, 2.2-million-square-foot terminal will replace the airport’s busy Terminal 2. Handling domestic and international flights, it will also be one of the largest terminals ever built in the U.S. when completed in 2028. Set to break ground in 2023, the terminal will more than double the space at today’s Terminal 2, replacing it with an expanded, light-filled arrivals hall to feature additional gates, advanced security screening, state-of-the-art new baggage systems and more space for concessions, lounges and public amenities.