Airport Runway & Air Traffic Control Tower
The City of Chicago has committed to increase the Airports capacity by 60%, and decrease delays by an estimated 79%, with an $8 Billion capital investment plan. This plan was approved by the FAA in October of 2005, and involves reconfiguration of the airfield and additional terminal space.
The O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP) is one of the largest construction projects in the country at one of the world’s busiest airports. O’Hare International Airport’s airfield is being transformed from an outdated system of intersecting runways into a modern parallel runway configuration. The plan includes the addition of four runways, the lengthening of two existing runway, and the decommissioning of two existing runways in order to give the airfield six parallel runways.
Six major projects have been successfully completed. In 2008, the OMP opened a 3,000-foot extension to O’Hare’s busiest runway, a new 7,500-foot long runway and a new South air traffic control tower. An additional runway, built to accommodate new, heaver aircrafts such as the Boeing 747-8 and Airbus A-380, opened in late 2013, and a third runway and North air traffic control tower were opened in October of 2015. A fourth runway is currently being constructed.
Completed projects have either come in ahead of schedule and under budget, or on time and on budget with extremely low claim rates (~1.5%) due to the diligent construction management services provided and clear communication between all parties. O’Hare remains an active airport while construction activities are taking place therefore requiring detailed coordination of all activities with several entities, both public and private. d’Escoto, Inc. manages detailed schedules coordinating all activities taking place, ensuring that projects are on track and that minimal disruptions occur for O’Hare tenants, clients, employees and general public.
d’Escoto, Inc.’s Role
d’Escoto, Inc. provided construction management (CM), inspection, and project control services as part of the OMP Construction Management (OMP-CM) Team led by Parsons Brinkerhoff Construction Services. d’Escoto Inc. has furnished Project Controls Staff Members, Resident Engineers, Inspectors, Office Engineers, P6 Schedulers, as well as Administrative staff.
OMP project responsibilities have included, but are not limited to:
Developing policies and procedure for schedule and contract management
Managing contract administration, contract compliance and change management
Coordinating contractor schedules with the Program Master Schedule
Managing contractor compliance with the Programs General Conditions for Critical Path Method (CPM) baseline, progress and as-built schedules
Developing the Performance Measurement System for tracking contractor progress in the field.
Training Construction Management personnel on this system and maintaining it throughout the life of each project
Developing schedule time impact analysis, delay claim analysis, and claim mitigation and negotiation services
Advising the OMP-CM Team on the implications of changes and delays on their respective projects, and reviewing time-extensions and milestone modifications
Managing and overseeing all Policies and Procedures for this team of professionals