Ground Services

Mortenson builds three new ground facilities for United in Chicago

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Mortenson has used innovative construction technologies to build three major new ground facilities totaling 180,000 square feet for United Airlines at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in less than a year.

The company said it fast-tracked the project because United Airlines needed to vacate its previous ground facilities to make way for runway construction at O’Hare.

Completion of the United project is a critical milestone in O’Hare’s massive modernisation 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.

Mortenson broke ground on the $105 million United project, which also included 1.2 million square feet of airside paving, in the last week of December, 2017.

The just-completed O’Hare project consisted of a ground maintenance equipment facility – a 140,000 square foot building featuring single-story 38-foot bays, with 11 overhead bridge cranes, four different kinds of vehicle lifts, and 54 overhead doors.

The building is equipped with paint booth, loading dock, battery storage area, an automated storage and retrieval system and pallet racks with an automated handling system.

The GEM also houses two oil water separators, a fuel island for fuel tank storage, a fuel and hydraulic fluid distribution system and air compressor system. It includes administrative offices, conference and training rooms, and employee locker rooms and lounges.