O'Hare's Showstopper Terminal

by Allen L. Pomerance, Vice Pres.; A. Epstein & Sons, Inc., Chicago, IL,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 11, Pg. 40-43

Document Type: Feature article


United Airlines' new terminal was added to Chicago's O'Hare airport under difficult construction conditions. The airport is one of the world's busiest, and the project had to be done without interfering with airport business and traffic. Several Chicago agencies were involved, and the city had its own team of oversight consultants. United's team included a construction consultant, the engineering consultant and the architect's representative on the job. Including subcontractors, there were 42 organizations on the site at the project peak. United executives decided to open the new terminal several months earlier than originally planned and so the project had to be fast-tracked. The project engineer for the consulting engineer describes the management operations and decision-making process that made the early completion possible.

Subject Headings: Consulting services | Airport terminals | Air traffic | Engineering profession | Contractors and subcontractors | Organizations | Project management | Personnel management | Chicago | Illinois | United States

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