Mortenson completes O'Hare project

Updated 3/20/2019 12:24 PM

ITASCA -- Construction company Mortenson recently completed three major ground facilities totaling 180,000 square feet for United Airlines at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Mortenson fast-tracked the $105 million United project the airline needed to vacate its previous ground facilities to make way for runway construction at O'Hare. The entire project was completed within a year.


The company broke ground on the project, which also included 1.2 million square feet of airside paving, in the last week of December 2017. The airline received its occupancy certifications for the new Ground Equipment Maintenance and Facilities Maintenance & Stores in November, 2018.

United uses the buildings for equipment maintenance and storage and to house its facility maintenance personnel, bussing operation, aircraft move team, and aircraft provisioning/cleaning operations.

Completion of the United project is a critical milestone in O'Hare's massive modernization of its runways, which includes adding and extending some while closing others. The runway work complements the planned $8.5 billion investment to upgrade terminals and other amenities and add the first new gates at the airport in nearly 25 years.

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