Runway 10C-28C & Associated Taxiways

Chicago, Illinois

Milhouse was a partner  in  the  O’Hare  Airfield Engineers (OAE) joint venture on the design of Runway 10C-28C and Associated Taxiways at O’Hare International Airport.  The project included a new 10,800-ft. x 200-ft., Group VI runway and associated taxiways, a new airport service road, two new cargo aprons, the extension of the south cargo tunnel under the new runway, and numerous enabling projects.  The design and construction of this project involved numerous  runway/taxiway  bid  packages;  relocation  (temporary  and  permanent)  of  a  major  waterway, railroad, and roadway; relocation  of  two  cargo  facilities,  and  relocation  of  Lake  O’Hare.

Runway  10C-28C  is O’Hare Airport’s first Group VI runway, and its completion allows air traffic to operate primarily in an east-west configuration. As an OAE joint venture partner, Milhouse’s scope included all aspects of utility infrastructure associated with the proposed runway, taxiways, and surrounding areas.  Utility scope items included review and validation of existing conditions, identification of proposed conflicts, and design of proposed and relocated infrastructure.

Milhouse was responsible for the design of the following items:

  • 45,000  linear feet (LF) of ductbanks (common electrical ductbank, ComEd, FAA, and AT&T)
  • 3,000 LF of sanitary sewer main
  • 8,500 LF of water main
  • 2,600 LF of storm sewer
  • 5,000 LF of jacked steel casing
  • Cathodic protection, utility structures, and equipment associated with this infrastructure, including three above ground backflow preventers in heated enclosures and ComEd equipment.

Milhouse  was  also  involved  with  Construction  Phase  Services  for  this  project  by  maintaining  an  on-site presence at the client’s office for the majority of the project.  Services provided during construction included attending weekly coordination meetings, reviewing contractor shop drawings, and responding to construction requests for information.  During the construction phase, Milhouse coordinated extensively with  the  Chicago  Department  of Aviation,  FAA,  and  project/airport  stakeholders  to  accommodate  the dynamic conditions typically encountered at O’Hare Airport.  Additionally, during two of the bid packages, significant coordination was required with the O’Hare Fuel Committee regarding its concurrent project to relocate the FedEx cargo apron fuel line.


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