A new Signature Flight Support terminal has been opened at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, USA. The facility replaces the existing fixed-base operator (FBO) unit, which was relocated as part of O’Hare’s ongoing airfield reconfiguration under the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP).
The new terminal provides support services to general aviation operators at the airport. At a cost of around $3 million, the 9,150sq ft (850m2), single-storey building comprises a large lobby, management offices, a conference room, crew lounge, VIP lounge, ground support equipment maintenance bay and supporting bathroom facilities with showers.
Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), Rosemarie S Andolino, commented: “As with all new construction at Chicago’s airports, sustainability was incorporated into the building’s design, construction and operation under the guidelines of the CDA Sustainable Airport Manual [SAM].” The project is expected to receive three ‘green aeroplanes’ under the SAM rating and award system and is also expected to pursue LEED Silver certification.
Green elements include designated parking spaces for fuel-efficient/low-emitting vehicles; water-conserving plumbing fixtures; and recycled or re-used building materials, including fencing, cameras, signage and furniture. Construction began in June 2011 and was completed in August 2012.
The project also included construction of a new general aviation ramp built by the CDA to support the relocated terminal facility.