Signature Flight Support, O’Hare Intl. Airport
Signature Flight Support, Leopardo Group
14,500 sf building area
Private air terminal facility
Located at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, this facility provides a secure environment, efficient processing and detailed attention for its private and air charter passengers and pilots. The one and one half story building covers 14,500 square feet and provides passenger lobby and waiting areas, conference rooms, VIP suites, and lounges for private and charter passengers. Private facilities for aircrews requiring a layover are also provided, and secured parking for 110 vehicles is directly adjacent to the facility.
The project was executed under a design/build process, under an extremely aggressive schedule. The schedule was driven by the planned expansion of new runways at O’Hare International Airport and the design and construction of a new Terminal 6. The former facility housing Signature Flight Support was located on land to be utilized for this new terminal facility.
Height limitations mandated by the FAA on the building, due to immediate proximity to runways, limited the building to essentially one floor in height. A clerestory was introduced in the middle of the building, corresponding with the passenger waiting areas and filling the space with natural daylight. This zone extends from building entry to passenger exit/entrance onto the airport tarmac, making an unobstructed visual link from the entrance to the airfield.