O’Hare International Airport Terminal 5 Baggage Handling Systems Optimization

The new in-line baggage screening area at O’Hare International Airport’s (ORD) Terminal 5 consists of four in-line EDS machines, an ETD screening area, and a new baggage handling conveyor system (BHS) with a controls update.

PROJECT BACKGROUND

JWI is currently serving as Owner’s Representative and Construction Manager for the new in-line baggage screening area at O’Hare International Airport’s (ORD) Terminal 5. The project consists of four in-line EDS machines, an ETD screening area, and a new baggage handling conveyor system (BHS) with a controls update.

Bags are delivered to the new in-line system from the existing re-check ticket counter conveyors. They exit the new in-line via the existing sortation system. Part of the new system was installed while the existing system was still in operation, requiring intricate phasing but having no impact to ORD’s baggage screening operations.

JWI’s scope of work includes modifications to multiple areas of the existing BHS at T5, as well as conveyor modifications such as the installation of crossover conveyors between re-check ticket counters, removal of the lower level checked baggage inspection system (CBIS), and associated checked baggage reconciliation area (CBRA) and upgrades to the upper level CBRA.

Additional enhancements were made to T5’s mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and structural systems to support the new system and demolition of the existing systems. New computer hardware and software systems will also be implemented.

PROJECT FACTS

  • Owner: Chicago Department of Aviation
  • Client:  CATCo – CicaTec
  • Service: Owner’s Representative, Construction Management
  • Value: $28,000,000

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