Northeast Cargo Development

Client: Aeroterm
Completion Date: Design: 2014; Construction: 2015
Location: Chicago O’Hare International Airport


Burns & McDonnell is providing airside and landside civil engineering for a new cargo facility in the northeast quadrant of O'Hare International Airport. The work includes development of a master plan for the full three-phase buildout and development of detailed construction documents for Phase 1. The first phase included a 465,000-square-foot cargo warehouse. Airside improvements:

  • More than 110,000 square yards of apron pavement providing parking positions for eight 747-800 aircraft
  • 2,200 feet of Group VI taxilane with 40-foot-wide paved shoulders
  • Hydrant fueling system

Landside improvements:

  • New cargo access road
  • More than 100 truck dock positions
  • Truck circulation area
  • Approximately 480 employee parking space

Airside electrical features include LED Medium Intensity Taxiway Edge Lighting (MITL), high mast apron lighting with metal halide luminaires and ductbank infrastructure for 400-Hz ground power units for ground servicing of aircraft. Communications and controls were designed for the operation and emergency shut-off functions of the hydrant fueling system.


  • Project management
  • Airfield lighting layout and design
  • Construction phase services


  • LED MITL system
  • High mast apron lighting
  • 400-Hertz power infrastructure