Airport Construction: Midway and JFK

September 26, 2017

New York and Chicago have announced the contractors who will bring much needed updates to two international airports.

MDW Security Hall

Midway International Airport in Chicago will spend $89.2 million to expand security checkpoints, working with contractor F.H. Paschen/S.N. Nielsen.

To relieve the security checkpoint congestion, F.H. Paschen/S.N. Nielsen will add ten more security lanes to the current 17 lanes. This will be done by widening the pedestrian bridge over Cicero Avenue that connects ground transportation and parking on the east side of the airport to the central airport terminal.

The current 60-foot wide bridge will be widened to 300 feet, creating a 80,000 security hall that will include 20,000 square feet of concession space.

Alderman. Mike Zalewski (23rd), chairman of the Chicago City Council’s Aviation Committee, has said he can’t wait until the security checkpoint nightmare has been put to rest.

F.H. Paschen/S.N. Nielsen has a long history building with the City of Chicago and has completed other projects for the Chicago Department of Aviation at Midway and O'Hare Airports.  

Now arriving, Mott MacDonald and F.H. Paschen/S.N. Nielsen

A $10 billion modernization of John F. Kennedy International Airport will be handled by Mott MacDonald, a U.K. based engineering and development firm, and Grimshaw Architects, also of London.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the selection of the Mott MacDonald-led consulting team to implement the plan to redevelopment of JFK Airport.

The plan set out by the Governor's Airport Advisory Panel include the creation of a seamless, interconnected terminal system, an overhauled roadway access network, expansion of rail mass transit to the airport, new cargo facilities and improvements to aeronautical infrastructure.

The project will also include redesigning the on-airport traffic pattern, centralizing parking lots, expanding taxiways and enhanced security technology.

Along with Mott MacDonald and Grimshaw Architects, constractors TranSolutions, Harris Miller Miller & Hanson, VJ Associates, ACB Architects, EnTech Engineering, Naik Consulting, Reichman Frankle, and Holmes Keogh  will meet a 30 percent MWBE goal for project.

Learn more about airport construction here.