INNOVATION IN CAMPUSES, AIRPORTS, AND MILITARY INSTALLATIONS
Danang City, Vietnam
Phase 1–O’Hare Modernization Program
Chicago, Illinois, United States
The $3.3 billion Phase 1 modernization program at Chicago’s O’Hare
International Airport called for construction of the first new runway (9L/27R)
since 1971, extension of an existing runway (10/28), and a new north airfield
air traffic control tower (NATC T). The program required relocation of a railroad,
creek, airport guard post, lighting control vaults, and high-pressure water main.
Although runways can take more than 10 years to construct, this program was
scheduled for completion in six years without interrupting current service.
A major undertaking was Phase 1 earthwork, which moved 14. 7 million cubic
yards at a cost of approximately $150 million. MicroStation and GEOPAK were
used to design all alignments, profiles, and grading models. These models were
used in an earthwork analysis to compute cut-and-fill volumes for projects
airport-wide. This analysis optimized haul routes and production cycles between
projects to produce cost savings of $1.5 million for every million cubic yards.
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Design began simultaneously on all major and enabling projects, before
phasing and constructability were completed. This precipitated the transfer of
portions of design packages to other design teams while maintaining delivery
dates. The project involved 600-plus people working in more than 30 offices.
Project Wise housed more than 100,000 MicroStation design files in a central
location, with portions being exported to major design team locations. This
setup provided one source of truth for the project and the ability to rearrange
construction packages with minimal disruption.
With the aggressive schedule, timely permitting and other regulatory
submittals were critical in achieving deadlines. CH2M HILL designed a
complete system to expedite and track the approval process. Runway 9L/27R
and the NATC T were commissioned on Nov. 20, 2008, on schedule. Runway
10/28 was commissioned on Sept. 25, 2008, 56 days ahead of schedule.