First Phase of Midway Security Expansion Opens for the Holiday Season

Posted November 25th, 2019 by Cate Muller

This past Saturday over 28,000 travelers enjoyed the new expansion of Midway International Airport’s Security Bridge. The opening of this first phase of an expanded security hall comes just in time for the busy holiday season, and that’s no coincidence. The M2 Team, along with our many consultants, and general contractor, F.H. Paschen have been working tirelessly around the clock to open this new facility.

As prime consultant, M2 successfully led the design for this $95M expansion of the Midway International Airport TSA checkpoint. This complex project, currently under construction, was designed in a short span of just 14 months. Once fully completed a new 80,000 sf structure will span a busy roadway to connect the two halves of the existing Midway terminal, greatly increasing the TSA inspection capacity. The high-profile expansion will vastly improve circulation and reduce waiting times during peak periods. The centrally located checkpoint will accommodate fully equipped security lanes and includes a greatly expanded queue space. The expansion further rationalizes pedestrian flow in the airport by segregating entering and exiting passengers and by providing a dedicated employee entrance. Expanded retail opportunities are also created. The Landside and Airside Terminals are physically separated by Cicero Avenue. The new addition connects the two buildings at different elevations, spans over Cicero Avenue and the Arrivals Roadway, and under the upperlevel Departures Roadway. The project required extensive coordination with the TSA and Aviation Police and various security features were embedded within the design, including extensive camera monitoring, hardening of the airside barriers, and the incorporation of blast provisions within the structural components. The project further required in-depth construction crane analysis to satisfy FAA 7460 requirements.