With a mission to understand, innovate, partner and deliver, EXP provides engineering, architecture, design and consulting services to the world’s built and natural environments. Our heritage dates back to 1906, when the earliest of EXP’s predecessor companies started its engineering infrastructure practice. Today, thousands of creative EXP professionals
provide the passion and experience needed to deliver successful projects around the world.
EXP provides full architecture and engineering services to airports across North America and worldwide. From airfield and air traffic control towers; terminals and concourses; to transit and landside access, our work creates superior travel experiences, improves operational efficiency, and focuses on the triple bottom line.
40+ years of aviation experience
#10 Top 60 Airport Sector Engineering + EA Firms BD+C Giants, 2019
Terminals + Concourses
• Air traffic control towers • Runways, taxiways + aprons • Cargo facilities • Maintenance hangars + facilities
South Air Traffic Control Tower | Chicago O’Hare International Airport Chicago, IL, USA
airside: behind each flight Airside facilities are critical to airport operations. From award-winning iconic air traffic control towers, to runways and taxiways that pave a smoother flight, to cargo and maintenance facilities, EXP brings thoughtful and efficient design to these critical facilities.
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Runway 13C-31C Rehabilitation Midway International Airport Chicago, IL, USA Runway 13C-31C is the longest and most active runway at Midway International Airport (MDW), with a length of 6,521 feet and Engineered Materials Arrestor Systems (EMAS) at both ends. Rehabilitation of the runway became necessary due to surface deterioration and frequent repairs that proved insufficient. The project not only rehabilitated the runway’s deteriorating pavement, it also provided a much needed solution for the chronic problems created by one of the busiest runway intersections in the world. In addition to designing the pavement overlay, EXP was responsible for related runway work, including pavement markings, LED centerline and edge lighting, and airfield signage.
Merit Award-Transportation, American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-Illinois), 2017 Honorable Mention, Airports Going Green, 2017
Complex phasing sequencing to remain operational EXP was responsible for full construction document preparation, construction phasing and cost estimates. The project challenges included: limited, highly restricted runway closures, and multiple, smaller cross runways that were required to remain operational at all times. All construction was completed at night and restored to Part 139 standards in order to reopen the runway each morning following construction. The world’s first installation of an engineered materials arrestor system (EMAS) with Glasopor in an active airport environment This EMAS was constructed using Glasopor, a collapsible aggregate bed made of recycled glass foam. After a successful durability and maintenance test over the period of a Chicago winter, the CDA opted to install the Glasopor EMAS at the other three runway ends, 4R, 13C, and 31C as well. The new EMAS is expected to provide equivalent protection for overruns, and reduce maintenance costs and resultant operational delays.
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EXP provided full architectural and engineering services from concept design through post- construction phase services for the new South Airport Traffic Control Tower at O’Hare International Airport (SATCT). The scope of work included the 207-foot tall Tower and 9,943 SF Base Building as well as site development and perimeter security. The design provided asimple, economical and durable solution to meet the operational needs of the FAA, while at the same time addressed the City of Chicago’s desire to create an elegant, iconic image that meets sustainable design objectives. South Air Traffic Control Tower O’Hare International Airport Chicago, IL, USA
Third air traffic control tower in the US to achieve LEED Gold EXP utilized an integrated team approach when developing our sustainable framework. Internal workshops sessions were conducted with all disciplines contributing and brainstorming about qualities that will make the SATCT project sustainable.
The project employs a number of sustainable strategies, including an extensive green roof and geothermal heating/ cooling. In addition, a construction waste recycling program was implemented requiring 95 percent of waste generated from the construction site to be recycled.
Breaking away from the traditional shaft and bulb-top design
awards Award of Merit, Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI), 2017 Honor Award, ACEC-Illinois, 2016 Recognition Award, ACEC, 2016 Honorable Mention - Sustainability Initiatives, Airports Going Green, 2016 Excellence in Engineering Award, ASHRAE, 2015
The most striking aspect of the design is the simple extruded shaft – a break from traditional slender-shaft bulb-top towers. The solution inverts conventional tower plans by pushing “core” elements (elevator/stairs/shaft) to the perimeter, opening the center of the tower for direct access underneath the cab from the junction level rooms. The result is a simple, durable and elegant design that has the flexibility to adapt to change as new technologies advance.
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Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport Dorval, QC, Canada Expansion of the Southwest Apron EXP provided airfield pavement design including structural design and specification development for the expansion of the southwest apron. The project consists primarily of the addition of four (4) E-code aircraft and eight (8) C-code aircraft parking bays. The project included construction of 60,000m 2 cement concrete apron and adjacent 25,000m 2 asphalt concrete pavement service areas and rehabilitation of an existing 20,000m 2 apron.
Construction of the West Apron The project consisted of the construction of an apron for six gates around the new international jetty, sanitary and stormwater drainage to the new building, stormwater drainage to the aircraft posts, construction coordination of the fueling station and general coordination.
Global Finishing Centre Expansion Bombardier Aerospace Dorval, QC, Canada To accommodate Bombardier Aerospace’s new Global 7000 and Global 8000 business jets, EXP designed the expansion of Hangar 3101 to expand the resources of their Global Finishing Centre (GFC).
The project increases the overall capacity of the GFC hangar where the interior completion of jets takes place and includes the expansion of Hangar 3101 by 20 feet on the east and west sides, the expansion of the doors to accommodate aircraft, increasing the existing pumping capacity, as well as upgrading the fire protection system.
Design-Build Airport Redevelopment Kingston Airport Kingston, ON, Canada The redevelopment expands the terminal by over 50%, and the runway by 20% while staying fully operational. The work also includes a new runway lighting system, approach lighting, new pavement construction and apron reconstruction. EXP has provided full engineering and specialist services as part of the Design-Build team.
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DFW ETAM Master Site Plan + Phase I Snow and Ice Vehicle
Storage Facility DFW International Airport Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, USA
EXP developed a master site plan for the Energy, Transportation and Asset Management (ETAM) Campus, and designed the first building to be located on the campus: the Snow and Ice Vehicle Storage Facility. The master site plan will consolidate and relocate the existing ETAM facilities to 10 new buildings located on a 66-acre site within the Southwest Campus, and was completed first to determine an overall layout of the site that will be constructed in phases over the next several years.
new snow and ice facility The Phase I facility is a pre-manufactured metal building, approximately 61,000 GSF, and will provide storage for 25 snow and ice vehicles. The building contains a large open storage bay (120’ x 500’) with oversized sliding hangar doors on each of the short ends. On the north side of the storage bay there are two electrical rooms, two communication rooms and one single-occupancy restroom. The Phase I facility is pursuing LEED Silver Certification under USGBC LEED v4 for New Construction. EXP provided architecture, engineering + specialist services as prime consultant.
United Airlines Ground Equipment Maintenance Facility Chicago O’Hare International Airport Chicago, IL, USA
Global Manufacturing Center Toronto Pearson International Airport |
Bombardier Aerospace Toronto, ON, Canada
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Through thoughtful and integrated terminal modernization and transformation, we design for the experience of the traveler and create lasting impressions that are visually compelling and comfortable to inhabit. Our process is collaborative, integrated and participatory, and engages varying viewpoints. The result is design that raises building to art, embodying the aspirations of the user while minimizing the burden on our natural resources.
Terminal 2 Design Competition | Chicago O’Hare International Airport Chicago, IL, USA Fentress-EXP-Brook-Garza Joint Venture
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Interior Award, AIA Chicago, 2015 Honor Award Interiors, AIA St. Louis, 2015 International Award Finalist, Architizer, 2015
Terminal 1 Renovations and Modernization St. Louis Lambert International Airport St. Louis, MO, USA EXP designed the renovation and transformation of Minoru Yamasaki’s iconic Terminal 1, a mid- century masterpiece, at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The result is a simple, uncluttered and bright design that highlights the terminal’s simple elegance while seamlessly integrating new technology, new security systems and updated TSA baggage screening processes. The design revives the simple elegance of Yamasaki’s original design and restores the monumentality of this iconic terminal in a fresh, contemporary space that improves services and convenience to today’s hurried travelers.
Construction phasing and barricading to ensure minimal disruption A careful scheduling of activities to ensure minimal disruption to passengers, employees, and security procedures were necessary, often prior to or after operating hours. As challenges were discovered, alternative solutions were presented to the various stakeholders that were impacted by the work.
Responding to unforeseen circumstances
During construction, an EF-4 tornado struck the airport. EXP and the construction team continued with the construction for this project while EXP simultaneously designed repairs for the $30M dollars worth of damage that the Airport sustained. With the exception of the two days following the tornado, the Airport remained fully operational during all of these simultaneous projects and repair s.
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YUL New Connection Centre Montréal-Trudeau International Airport Dorval, QC, Canada
The YUL Connection Center was expanded onto the existing building of the Montreal-Trudeau International Airport between gates 72 and 56. The goal for the addition was to provide the 55,000 daily passengers with an easier and more comfortable journey by increasing processing capacity; centralizing connection processes; improving passenger orientation and overall customer experience; and ensuring flexibility of facilities. As civil engineer, EXP performed drainage, levelling, relocation of water mains and building services, reconstruction of pavement around the building and construction of building protection elements.
Concourse Renovations St. Louis Lambert International Airport St. Louis, MO, USA
Eglinton LRT | Toronto, ON Role: Pre-construction condition surveys
Design and Design Management DFW International Airport Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, USA
EXP’s multidisciplinary team is providing a full range of services facilitating flexibility and efficiency for DFW Airport.
EXP is working with Dallas Fort Worth International Airport under a 3 year Delivery Order Contract to provide architecture and engineering services for various types of structures and facilities throughout DFW airport property. Projects include Integrated Operations Center (IOC), Access Control Office (ACO), Rental Car Center (RCC), TSA Innovation Security Screening Checkpoint Lanes and terminal upgrades and redevelopment.
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Airport Transit System (ATS) | Chicago O’Hare International Airport Chicago, IL, USA
landside: designing connections
At EXP, we are experts in the transportation systems that connect our communities. The travel experience is defined by the ways we start and end our journey – whether by road, rail or water. EXP delivers the facilities and systems that enhance the way people travel to and from the airport – designing roadways, highways, people movers, rail stations, transit facilities, parking garages and more.
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Airport Transit System (ATS) Chicago O’Hare International Airport Chicago, IL, USA
The Airport Transit System (ATS) at Chicago O’Hare International Airport is a driverless, fully automated landside people mover operating 24/7, 365 days per year. This 2.71-mile system links the domestic and international terminals, rental car areas and remote parking.
EXP provided engineering design for the fixed facilities for the ATS and has had significant involvement with the ATS throughout the years.
Pedestrian Tunnel Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport | Toronto, ON, Canada
Previously reachable only by ferry, the newly designed pedestrian tunnel at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport provides a quicker, more convenient passage for travelers. The 853- foot tunnel spans the length of the Western Channel of Lake Ontario and takes an average of six minutes to walk through. As part of the FORUM Consortium for this major public-private partnership project, EXP designed the underwater excavation plan and also managed the control of dewatering activities and contaminated overburden, working under and adjacent to the lake.
Airport Parking Garage Toronto Pearson International Airport Toronto, ON, Canada As one of the largest single-structure garages in North America, the parking garage at Toronto Pearson International Airport accommodates 9,000 vehicles over eight stories. At 4.8 million SF, the parking garage features double helix speed ramps, linear ramps, 27 elevators, escalators, a sprinkler system throughout, handicapped parking and car rental floor.
Fast-tracked construction schedule
To expedite the project, a fast-tracked construction schedule was established allowing construction to commence prior to design being completed. A major factor in the project’s success was the experience of EXP’s structural engineers to complete foundation design in advance of completion of architectural drawings.
95th Street Station Chicago Transit Authority Chicago, IL, USA
Located between the north and southbound lanes of the I-94 Dan Ryan Expressway, the 95th Street Station is the latest large-scale project to improve the Red Line, the CTA’s busiest line. This multi-phase, multi-modal design-build project includes renovation of the existing North Terminal, construction of an entirely new South Terminal, reconstruction of two bridges, a new bus bridge, track and signal work and various street level improvements. The existing 95th Street Station remained fully operational throughout construction with phased work to maintain operations.
National Recognition Award, ACEC, 2020 Honor Award, Transportation, ACEC-Illinois, 2020 Best of Year Award, Transportation, Interior Design, 2019 Distinguished Building Award, AIA Chicago, 2019
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