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Studio ORD wins Competition to Design Global Terminal and Concourse at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

Studio ORD wins Competition to Design Global Terminal and Concourse at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport
O’Hare Airport, Chicago
(Courtesy of Studio Gang)

Studio ORD will be designing the new O’Hare Global Terminal and Global Concourse — an $8.5 billion expansion program for O’Hare International Airport. The selection of Studio ORD was announced after a competitive selection process from five highly qualified architect teams.

“The city will now enter into contract negotiations with Studio ORD. Upon contract award, Studio ORD will work with the City of Chicago and the airlines to design the new Global Terminal and Concourse. In the coming months, a second team will be selected from the remaining four finalists to design two new satellite concourses to be built west of Terminal 1,” a press note from the Office of the Mayor read.

After completion of the project, the O’Hare Global Terminal, expanding by a million square feet, will be ne of the largest and high-end terminals in the US. The city authorities hope that this large-scale expansion adds to the travel experience for more than 83 million passengers who rely on O’Hare every year. The venture will further help in job creation.  

“The City of Chicago called upon teams from across the city and around the world to lead O’Hare’s historic expansion, and Studio ORD answered that call,” said Mayor Emanuel. “During this historic competition, the world’s best architecture firms submitted their incredible visions for the world to see — with each of these five world-class designs strengthening our plans to bring O’Hare into the 21st century.  Today we congratulate Studio ORD who has proven they have the experience, expertise, and the talent needed to work with the City of Chicago as we usher in a new era at O’Hare.”

The new O’Hare Global Terminal will be more than double the space at today’s Terminal 2. It would include additional gates; more space for concessions, lounges and public amenities; state-of-the-art new baggage systems; and advanced new technologies to improve security screening.

“The selection of the team to design the O’Hare Global Terminal represents a first step forward in redefining the experience for travelers around the world,” said Commissioner Jamie L. Rhee. “While we congratulate Studio ORD, we applaud all of the teams for bringing forward incredible proposals, and thank the public for their input in this process. This project is a game changer for Chicago, and we look forward to ongoing stakeholder engagement from the airport to the neighborhoods as we embark on our historic expansion.”

With this project, a unique opportunity for public feedback was created. The terminal designs were unveiled at the at the Chicago Architecture Center earlier in 2019, after which, the public, consisting of residents and travelers, cast more than 41,000 surveys. The public’s feedback was incorporated in the evaluation committee’s review and selection of the lead architect.              

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