FedEx Maintenance, Cargo & Sorting Buildings
The City of Chicago committed to increase the airport’s capacity by 60% and decrease delays by an estimated 79% with an $8 billion capital investment plan. The plan was approved by the FAA in October 2003 and involved a reconfiguration of the airfield and additional terminal space. This called for the addition of four runways, the lengthening of two existing runways and the decommissioning of two existing runways in order to give the airfield six parallel runways in a configuration.
Due to the space requirements to extend and reconfigure the necessary runways, the Chicago Department of Aviation needed to demolish the existing FedEx cargo and maintenance buildings and build new facilities on an empty field just outside of the airside fence. The O’Hare Modernization Program Construction Management team was placed in charge of the operation for full oversight of demolition, and the new facility construction from start to finish. There were four buildings in total including the Vehicle Maintenance Building, Airplane Maintenance Building, FedEx Administration Building and The World Sort Center.
d’Escoto, Inc.’s Role
d’Escoto, Inc. provided project controls and inspection for the FedEx facilities as part of the O’Hare Modernization Project Construction Management team (OMP-CM).
d’Escoto, Inc.’s team provided project scheduling and phasing review and approval, monitoring and full documentation of site activities, and payment and change order review and approval. Our Lead Inspector had sole oversight of the project and provided design reviews, full structural oversight, utility oversight, MEP oversight, and commissioning from project start to completion.
This project was unique in that d’Escoto, Inc. staff were responsible for coordinating and overseeing contractors, as well FedEx personnel installing maintenance and sorting equipment.