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Chicago O'Hare and Midway International Airports: Aviation Planning Services

Chicago Aviation Planning Services

AIRPORT: Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Chicago Midway International Airport, and Merrill C. Meigs Field

SPONSOR: City of Chicago Department of Aviation

Since 1989, R&A has provided aviation consulting services to the City of Chicago Department of Aviation. These services, provided on a task order basis, have consisted of technical support and augmenting the City's in-house resources. R&A leads a team of over 15 specialty subconsultants in addressing issues related to aircraft operations, airport master planning, construction/operational effects, environmental planning, landside access, simulation modeling, computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) support, strategic planning, and terminal and airfield facilities planning for all of the City-owned and operated airports (O'Hare International Airport, Midway International Airport, and Merrill C. Meigs Field, prior to its closure on March 29, 2003).

Projects have included feasibility studies for a new air carrier airport at Lake Calumet and new terminal facilities at Midway International Airport (including initial studies and detailed planning of the new terminal complex completed in June 2004), planning for relocation of the O'Hare military installation, airside facility planning, roadway and parking facilities planning and analyses, airfield construction phasing, benefit-cost analyses, and assessment of airline plans and programs.

R&A and our subconsultants have also provided a wide range of environmental services to the Department of Aviation. We have prepared several environmental assessments (EAs) for airfield and landside projects at O'Hare, and has conducted various noise analyses for Midway. We have also prepared various studies supporting the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMP) pursuant to the O'Hare Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan.

R&A also provides strategic advice to the Department of Aviation in addressing aviation issues of broader significance. These issues have related to development of the national and regional airport systems; legislative issues related to the federal Airport Improvement Program, the High Density Rule, and Essential Air Service programs; and public relations/communications, among others.