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Accommodating More Cargo Activity

International Air Cargo Center

Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) | Rockford, IL

Chicago Rockford International Airport is one of the fastest-growing cargo airports in the nation. To help strengthen their position in the industry, CMT led a fast-track project for the expansion of the International Air Cargo Center that can now accommodate up to eight wide-body aircraft. CMT had previously served as the prime consultant on the cargo center’s original development back in 2008.

The expansion project, completed in 2019, involved design and construction of 350,000 sq. foot air cargo apron, bringing the total area to over 100,000,000 sq. feet. An existing cargo building was expanded by 120,000 sq. feet concurrent to the apron expansion. CMT provided civil engineering services in support of the building expansion, which included utility design, auto parking, truck parking and a supplemental entrance to provide a dedicated secure entrance for arriving trucks. Stormwater systems were designed and included the collections and treatment of deicing fluids.

Specialized technical issues included written re-evaluation of prior environmental documentation to address modifications to the proposed development program, a vehicular traffic study and revisions to stormwater master plan to accommodate revisions.

Nearly a decade prior, CMT had led the planning and then the design of the original Air Cargo Center through a fast-track schedule. That original project involved a 693,000 sq. foot air cargo apron to accommodate up to three wide-body aircraft, along with roadways and auto parking. Stormwater systems were designed and included the collections and treatment of deicing fluids. Throughout the design, we coordinated efforts with the contractor of a 70,000-square-foot building.

Aggressive schedules were established for both cargo-related projects, driven primarily by market-driven developer demands. Our working relationship with regulatory and funding agencies played a key role in meeting this major challenge, as did close coordination with the subconsultants that partnered with us on these expansion projects.

Project Contact(s)

Brian Welker, PE

Project Service(s)

  • Architectural Services
  • Design and Construction Engineering
  • Economic Development
  • Electrical/NAVAIDs
  • Environmental Services
  • Funding Assistance
  • Noise and Air Quality Studies, Modeling and Management
  • Permitting, Regulatory Coordination and Compliance
  • Site Selection/Feasibility
  • Stormwater Management
  • Structural Engineering