November 29, 2021
The Epstein-designed gate swap for Spirit Airlines received a Green Airplane Certification from the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) for its sustainable design and construction.
The CDA credited this project for its "outstanding performance and lasting contributions to sustainable airport practices," as part of their Sustainable Airport Manual, a guidance to incorporate and track sustainability in administrative procedures, planning, design and construction, operations and maintenance, and concessions and tenants with minimal impact to project schedules or budgets.
For this project, Epstein provided architectural, engineering and construction administration services for Spirit Airlines' concourse G and L gate swap within Terminal 3 at O'Hare Airport. The scope of work included adding an additional gate bridge and elevated fixed walkway as well as a relocated covered walkway. We also remodeled passenger seating areas at gates L5, L4, L9 and L11 within concourse L. This new walkway includes aircraft servicing equipment, such as ground power and pre-conditioned air. The new gates also include finish improvements and millwork upgrades.
Inside Terminal 3, Epstein was responsible for delivering a new ticket counter for Spirit Airlines, Cape Air and Air Choice One. This supports passenger processing and baggage check-in by developing a baggage screening pod, relocating TSA equipment and adding new lobby located baggage handling systems.
Furthermore, Epstein's architectural and engineering staffs were tasked with remodeling a main terminal office of approximately 1,000 square feet to support Spirit's ticketing functions and a 200-square-foot space for the in-flight crew.
Thank you to the CDA for this recognition!