O’Hare Terminal 5 Expansion IT Infrastructure
In March 2019 Chicago officials broke ground on a $1.2 billion project that will grow O’Hare International Airport’s 1990s-era Terminal 5 complex by 350,000 square feet by adding ten new gates, 15 new dining and retail locations, six new security lanes, an upgraded baggage handling system and improved immigration facilities. Designed by architecture firm Muller & Muller, the expansion of the 25-year-old international terminal is expected to be completed in 2021 to accommodate larger aircraft, reduce delays and add 75 percent more space for passenger amenities.
The revamped Terminal 5 is part of the largest and most expensive expansion in the airport’s 75-yer history, a $8.5 billion modernization effort that kicked off in 2017 with a five-gate addition to Terminal 3 and the construction of the new $2.2 billion O’Hare Global Terminal, which is scheduled to replace Terminal 2 in 2028 with three new concourses, 25 percent more gates and a 60 percent larger terminal area.
The massive investment aims to set new records and fuel more connectivity, tourism and economic impact for Chicago well into the future. O’Hare reclaimed its top spot as the nation’s busiest airport in 2018 by operating more than 900,000 flights for the first time since 2007.
Level-1 is working closely with Muller & Muller to design Terminal 5’s telecommunications infrastructure and electrical systems and is also slated to be an IT provider for the upcoming Global Terminal, which will be designed by renowned Chicago architect Jeanne Gang in a partnership that also includes Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Corgan, Milhouse Engineering and Construction and STL Architects.