Austin Power Partners

Every project requires the right combination of talents to be completed successfully. Austin Power Partners (APP) has brought that mixture for its project at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

APP is a joint venture between local and out-of-state firms. This includes Austin Commercial, a Dallas-based commercial and industrial builder, and Power Construction Co. LLC, an 88-year-old firm based in Chicago that operates strictly in and around northern Illinois.

The team also includes Ujamaa Construction Inc. (UJAMAA), also based in Chicago, which provides fast-track general contracting and construction management. “We have a diverse range of experience, constructing commercial, retail, higher education, multifamily housing and medical facilities,” it states.

Together, the firms have consolidated rental car facility experience, which is ideal for their work at O’Hare. The project, APP explains, consists of a new joint-use consolidated rental car/public parking facility and ATS extension fixed facilities.

When finished, O’Hare will have a three-level rental car ready/return facility for 4,200 stalls and a two-level public parking structure with approximately 2,700 stalls. “The team, further enhanced through the inclusion of a local minority contractor with recent RAC experience, was selected as construction manager to ensure that Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport achieves all of its goals relative to this important project,” APP says. 

The O’Hare project also incorporates a new airport transit station. “[It] will provide a direct connection from [the] Level 1 Customer Service Center and the grade-level bus lobby to all four passenger terminals located in the terminal core area,” APP says.

This also includes a multi-level, quick-turnaround structure for rental cars, changes to Zemke Boulevard, and access and egress ramps that will connect to and from Mannheim Road. “An at-grade parking area is located on the west side of the site,” APP says. “The long-term plan is that this parking area may be converted into commercial development.”

APP adds that the project also includes site improvements on Mannheim Road in the Lot E remote parking area for a new public roadway that connects Bessie Coleman Boulevard to the project site.

Committed to Integrity

Austin Commercial says it has earned a reputation for finishing projects ahead of schedule and under budget. The company’s portfolio includes the LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal expansion in Los Angeles, and the UT Southwestern T. Boone Pickens Biomedical Building in Dallas.

“Success depends on more than building outstanding structures; success is dependent on building enduring relationships,” Austin states. “We are committed to complete integrity in all interactions with our customers, design professionals, vendors, subcontractors and fellow employee-owners in order to build relationships through timely completion, superior work and exceptional customer satisfaction.”

Shared values, Austin says, result in climates of strong performance. “Lower cost, faster completion, quality work, responsiveness, safe operations and uncompromising integrity – these principles are the basis on which we serve our customers,” it states. 

Driving Value

Power Construction operates with the mission to build what matters, it says. “We do this by investing in our relationships, our people and our community for the long term,” the company says. “Our unique business model and values-based approach means our leadership is on the ground, our employees build long-term careers and that we build trade relationships that drive customer value.

“It’s what allows us to offer the feel of a small company with the resources of a large firm,” Power says. “It’s what drives our unyielding commitment to safety and an exemplary safety EMR of .57. Most importantly, it’s what allows us to fulfill our fundamental promise: to exceed expectations, every time.”   

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