The Gary / Chicago International Airport Runway Rehabilitation Phase 3 is the final phase to enhance the Airport and increase its capacity. The scope of work included runway repaving, raising the runway grade 13 inches, raising edge lighting, and raising centerline lights. These improvements reduced pooling water, ultimately increasing the lifespan and decreasing maintenance needs and downtimes for repairs. They also provide aviators with better access points to and from the runways. In addition to the aggressive schedule, the other significant challenge was Mother Nature. With an already tight timeframe, 14 of the 19 days experienced weather incidents, adding to already heightened schedule awareness. The airport was key to project success by being open-minded, flexible, and willing to make critical decisions immediately, and the entire team used effective communication to change sequencing, working around the rain, adjusting work schedules, and adjusting material delivery to ensure successful project completion.

  • Location Lake County, Indiana
  • Owner Chicago / Gary Regional Airport Authority
  • Delivery Method Design-Bid-Build
  • Completion Year 2019
  • Contract Value $7.5 million


Associated General Contractors of America

Build America Award


Highway & Transportation Renovation (under $10 million)

Project Highlights

  • 64,700 CY of concrete placed
  • Completed 1 day ahead of schedule
  • 100 million lbs of materials
  • 3,000 CY per day average concrete placed
  • 12 paving days
  • 13-inch runway depth
  • 300 concrete truck loads per paving day