O’Hare Global Terminal and Concourse Design Competition

O’Hare Global Terminal and Concourse Design Competition

  • Team: Corgan, Studio Gang, Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB), Milhouse Engineering, and STLArchitects
  • $8.5 Billion Expansion

Studio ORD’s design for the new O’Hare Global Terminal and Concourse celebrates Chicago’s rich history as a city shaped by lines of movement. The tripartite design merges terminal and concourse into a single building. A dramatic Oculus welcomes visitors under a six-pointed glass skylight. Surrounding the Oculus is a pleated roof of long-span steel trusses. When seen from above, the building’s form greets passengers with an easily recognizable, distinctly Chicago icon: the city’s “Y symbol,” or Chicago’s municipal device, that represents the tree branches along the Chicago River. Beneath the Oculus, the Central Green is a flexible space that can support pop-up events, music, and informal gathering. The greenery extends through the terminal’s three branches, framing boulevards of restaurants, shops, and retail that together evoke the liveliness of Chicago. A light-filled Mezzanine above the concourse houses ticketing and security for departing passengers. It offers expansive views of the airfield beyond and of the neighborhood and gates below, helping to orient passengers.


We are consensus builders. Our experience with airport operators, airlines, aviation facilities, and other air transit organizations gives Corgan a unique vantage point of the elements needed to facilitate successful operations. We have successful partnerships with a wide range of clients including airport operators, airlines, local transit authorities, and government-sponsored research organizations. Our projects are just as varied—ground-up terminal buildings, major terminal renovations, terminal planning, cargo and maintenance facilities, and system-wide implementation projects. Corgan initiates and implements truly innovative design solutions at any scale, from building additions and renovations to new, large-scale terminal programs. Our expertise is second to none and with our global presence, we are able to quickly and efficiently service aviation clients coast to coast and internationally from any of our offices.



We understand scheduling, capacity, material selection and operational challenges. We facilitate consensus amongst all interested parties in achieving a long-term design solution. The need for uninterrupted operations is unquestionable, so we strive for passenger and employee convenience and safety.