Chicago O’Hare International Airport is calling for bids from potential general contractors interested in working on its Terminal 5 Concourse M Extension, core expansion and repurposing.
As part of its Small Business Initiative (SBI), the airport is calling for a general contractor for temporary pedestrian boarding bridges and walkways and for a second general contractor.
The Small Business Initiative is designed to increase the opportunities that small businesses have to do business with the City of Chicago. The SBI institutes a program for small, local businesses to be exclusive bidders on certain construction projects per SBI rules and guidelines.
The expansion of the 25-year-old Terminal 5 will increase the total building area by approximately 350,000ft2 (3,250m2 ) making way for new passenger amenities, including 10 new gates, an expanded security checkpoint and reconfigured immigration facilities for enhanced and improved throughput.
In addition, the baggage handling system will be replaced in a phased approach to minimize the impact on travelers, airlines and businesses currently operating in the terminal. Other infrastructure projects will modernize the mechanical, specialty and communication systems to current efficiencies. Architectural renovations will also enhance the terminal and elevate the traveler’s experience, according to the airport.