- $400 million Passenger Terminal and Concourse facility
- Supports commuter planes up to 757s
- 270 ft long by 60 ft wide glass and steel pedestrian bridge
- Three concourse buildings A, B, and C with a total of 47 Gates
- Food Court: 12 Restaurants and 9 Retail Shops
- Federal Inspection Services Facility
- DOA Mezzanine Offices
Client: Chicago DOA
Date: 2000 – 2003
Location: Garfield Ridge Community
Role: Sr. Project Architect and PM for AESI
The rhythm of transition is the beat that inspired renovations of Chicago’s Midway International Airport. The remix of Chicago’s second-largest airport, located in the Garfield Ridge community, was mastered by JAQ between 1999 and 2003, which served the role of senior project architect and project manager. The redesign encompassed the terminals, food court, and concourses A, B, and C. As Chicago approached the end of the 20th Century, it was clear that it had outgrown its airport and that the Southside travel hub would need to serve a broader spectrum of the metropolitan region. JAQ facilitated the construction, kept contractors on schedule, interpreted drawings, and answered major questions. The airport’s original design did not include federal inspection services necessary for international travel; JAQ was instrumental in creating a mezzanine and redesigning the basement to house federal inspection services. JAQ also produced the debut of Mexicana Airlines at Midway airport, designing its gateway desk, terminal station, and airport offices.
Above, Bird in Flight Plaza
This project consists of two repeating stanzas, Arrival and Departure, and each has its own intro, interlude, and coda. The composition also includes a couple of solos. The Arrival Intro is the concourse, where the song of destination begins.
The Departure Intro is the plaza of Richard Hunt’s sculpture Flight Forms, whose ascending metallic shapes suggest the defiance of gravity and wonder of flight, signaling to passing motorists and pedestrians alike that the journey has just begun.
The Departure Coda is the concourse, where one track of the journey fades in as the other fades to an end. The DOA Mezzanine offices is the solo above the melody, and the Federal Inspection Services is the Solo below the melody.