Thornton Tomasetti provided structural engineering services for the
construction of a new LEED Silver cargo building and ancillary facilities to
accommodate the relocation of existing FedEx Metroplex operations at
O’Hare International Airport.
The 343,000-square-foot structural steel cargo building has a vegetated roof,
includes a mezzanine for support functions, and contains a 175,000-squarefoot
automated material handling system. Support buildings include an
administrative center, pedestrian bridge link, maintenance building, generator
enclosure and guard kiosk facilities constructed of structural steel and
supported on shallow foundations.
The exterior skin is curtain wall at the administrative center and pedestrian
bridge, and precast at the cargo building and remaining buildings. The
administrative center and pedestrian link feature architecturally exposed
structural steel. A 544-linear-foot monorail system is included in the cargo
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Owner: O’Hare Modernization Program
Architect: Solomon Cordwell Buenz & Associates, Inc.
Area: 343,000 sf
Completion Date: 2011