Ardmore Awarded Construction Management Association of America Award for Runway 10R-28L O’Hare International Airport

Chicago— Ardmore was honored as a team member with WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff for  Program Management-Infrastructure with  Runway 10R-28L Component of the O’Hare International Airport project by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Chicago Chapter. The award was presented to the team on May 26, 2016 during the CMAA Awards Luncheon at Petterino’s in downtown Chicago.


The $314M Runway 10R-28L Component project involved the successful completion of nine projects culminating in the construction of a 7,500’ long, category two-three runway and parallel taxiway system. The purpose of the overall project was to reduce congestion and improve operational efficiency. The airfield was active during construction and was successfully completed without interruption of airport operations. The project started in 2008 and was completed in 2015.

The completion of the project rendered many benefits to the international airfield and its passengers. To add full range visibility of the south runway, the FAA required the construction of a 218’ tall, South Air Traffic Control Tower. The South Air Traffic Control Tower was designed and built with sustainability in mind and included such materials as high efficiency equipment, low-emitting materials, regional and recycled materials and impervious pavements. Also, a 10,000 SF green roof system was added on the base building as part of the sustainability program.

During the construction of this complex project, several challenges were faced by the team. They included:

  • Relocation of 3.5 million cubic yards of earthwork
  • Construction of over 400,000 SY of PCC pavements ranging in depth of 17” to 19”
  • Construction of thirteen new FAA navigational facilities
  • Construction of two underground tunnels beneath the runway and taxiway
  • Installation of drainage and electrical utilities, security fencing, and
  • Installation of over 300,000 LF of fiber optic cable.

The entire O’Hare International Airport complex resides on over 7,200 acres and is officially located within the City of Chicago. The airport borders Cook and DuPage counties. There are currently eight active runways.  As of April 2016, there are 189 gates. While it serves many airlines, United and American Airlines have the greatest number of gates at this time. In 2014, O’Hare was the busiest airport in the world in terms of number of annual aircraft operations.  O’Hare International Airport officially opened to commercial air traffic in 1955 and served 176,902 passengers in its first year. At the close of 2015, O’Hare International Airport served 76,949,504 passengers in the single year (December 2015-Facts and Figures).

The O’Hare International Airport Runway 10R-28L Component Construction Management Team consisted of members from WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Harbour Contractors, Ardmore Associates, d’Escoto, Inc., and Brown and Momen. The 2016 Construction Management Project Achievement Award Program honored recipients in four categories: Infrastructure Projects, Building projects: New Construction or Renovation/Modernization, Program Management Infrastructure and Program Management Buildings.


Ardmore Associates LLC is an engineering consulting firm specializing in complex infrastructure, transportation and major building projects. Established in 2003, Ardmore Associates was founded by principals who share over 100 years of collective experience in municipal and federal facility operations, management and development. Ardmore is comprised of over 100 professional, experienced employees ranging from engineers, architects, certified construction managers, scientists and engineering technicians offering expertise in surveying; program, project and construction management; construction inspection and consulting. As a MBE, WBE and DBE, Ardmore is a strategic partner to wide array of diverse clients who trust and know the superior value of our hands-on involvement and partnership. Ardmore generates solutions that protect the client interests. For more information, visit

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