b'TERMINALSORD 11There are maybe a handful of terminal buildings in the U.S.future construction of two satellite concourses that will add about that are as complicated as T5, and doing a major renovation and1.3 million square feet of space to Terminal 1. Site prep is currently expansion required a lot of stakeholder involvement, he reflects.underway for the new satellite concourses. Theres really a lot going on here.Jamie L. Rhee, commissioner of theReconfigured GatesChicago Department of Aviation, explains howWork on T5 began in 2019 and involved extending the terminals the recent changes fit into larger plans forEast Concourse and renovating its West Concourse. About 95% of ORD: With new gates, increased passengerfunding for the $1.3 billion project came from general airport revenue amenities, a more efficient baggage handlingbonds; the remaining amount was paid for with Airport Improvement system, and expanded security checkpointsProgram grants. and Customs facilities, the new Terminal 5The L-shaped extension added 10 wide-body gates with white is equipped to handle the growing demandJAMIE RHEE interior finish materials for a notably futuristic feel. Nine of the the Chicago Department of Aviation expects OHare to see in the10 new gates use multiple aircraft ramp systems for enhanced coming years, while offering an improved passenger experience.flexibility. For instance, gate space can be quickly repurposed as These crucial infrastructure investments will ensure that OHareneeded to accommodate two wide-body aircraft or three narrow-maintains necessary capacity while the team moves ahead withbody aircraft.other OHare 21 work. Gates were also reconfigured to separate arriving passengers OHare 21 is a multi-billion-dollar capital improvement programinto two streams: those from international flights who need to go designed to ready ORD for the 21st century. In addition to T5through the immigration process, and travelers from domestic enhancements and construction of the Global Terminal, it includesflights who can bypass that step. completion of the $6 billion airfield modernization program and AirportImprovement.comSeptember 2023'