O’Hare Modernization Program Management

DLZ is a member of the Joint Venture DMJM Aviation Partners, contracted by the City of Chicago Department of Aviation (LDA) to provide Program Management for the O’Hare Modernization Project. Initial phase of the program included design and construction of two runways and extension of an existing runway. Additionally, the program involved threshold modification and construction of a taxiway. The scope also included relocation of an existing rail line, construction of a new airport traffic control tower and cargo facilities, and design and construction of the supporting roadways. In addition, some other tasks involved work on detention, electrical, lighting, and NAVAID facilities to support operation of the runways.

Currently, the project is in the completion phase and includes the expansion of the south airfield with a new air traffic control tower, the relocation of Irving Park Road, and studies for a potential western terminal.

In summary, DLZ staff duties for the O’Hare Modernization Program Management entail

  1. Oversight of airport design standards and specifications
  2. Incorporation of sustainable design
  3. Technical supervision of design and construction management teams
  4. Costs management
  5. Scheduling
  6. Coordination of compliance efforts with environmental monitoring and permits
  7. Application of QA/QC standards
  8. Oversight of utility and third-party efforts
  9. Graphics support

North Perimeter Road

The construction of new Runway 9L-27R required a substantial change in the North Airfield boundaries of the controlled access areas of the Air Operations Area (AOA) and Hangar Area and Perimeter Roadway System.  The project included the construction of approximately 1.6 miles of a two-lane, 12-foot wide Perimeter Road, drainage for the roadway, demolition of perimeter roads, and utilities. Hence, DLZ provided project manager services for the perimeter road construction.

FedEx Cargo Relocation

DLZ provided project manager services and construction management for a new Federal Express (FedEx) multi-building cargo facility, including access roads, to replace the existing facility. Thus, the existing FedEx Metroplex was demolished to allow construction of future Taxiway ZH and the United apron connector taxiway.



Program Management


Local and State Governments


Chicago, Illinois