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. In 2005, the City of Chicago retained Chicago Airports Resources Enterprises (CARE), a joint venture led by R.M. Chin Associates and Turner & Townsend Heery, to oversee the City’s ongoing, multi-billion dollar capital improvement program at both airports. The CARE Team contract for agency CM services was renewed in 2011 and again in 2016 for five years with two, two-year options.

The capital program’s projects cover the entire spectrum of aviation work, including:

  • Airside projects, from runways to environmental work
  • Terminal expansion, renovation, vertical transportation and concession projects for both public and tenant areas
  • Terminal MEP and life safety projects
  • Landside projects, including roadways, rental car facilities, parking garages and public transportation

Turner & Townsend Heery’s services for the CDA at both airports spans owner’s representation, project management, construction management and planning. The Heery team has also been involved in special projects, such as baggage handling, security check-points, runway safety area improvements and safety management. 

Featured Projects:

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.

Balmoral Drive Extension to Bessie Coleman Drive / O’Hare International Airport 
New airport roadway project connecting existing airport roadway and an Illinois State Tollway with a neighboring community. Work included ATS bridge modification, a new bridge over Mannheim Road, and related utility relocation/installation work.



Program Management
Construction Management


Chicago, IL


Multiple projects, varying in size