STREAMLINED, EFFICIENT CARE FOR AA’S COMPLEX AND EXPENSIVE GROUND SERVICE EQUIPMENT.
As part of a larger modernization program at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, FSB is creating a new Ground Equipment Maintenance (GEM) facility for American Airlines. Providing routine servicing and maintenance, the facility will combine and fast-track these crucial services for both American and Envoy Air, its largest regional carrier. FSB’s long-standing partnership with American Airlines is a distinct advantage with this project, which is on a very expedited schedule, given that the existing GEM facility is scheduled to be demolished as part of the larger O’Hare upgrade.
The new structure provides a state-of-the-art central location for care of the airlines’ tugs, ground cars and all other non-aircraft-related equipment. It significantly boosts both airlines’ speed, efficiency and accuracy in the repair and maintenance of this vital equipment, which is used for passenger and cargo loading and unloading, water storage, food/beverage catering and lavatory waste removal, among other tasks.
With 28 total vehicle bays – 20 for American and eight for Envoy – the new building can accommodate as many as 140 mechanics and maintenance staff. Wash bays, loading docks and a paint booth are integrated into the design, which features extremely complex HVAC systems, along with chemical waste disposal and other specialized functions.
Office space for administrative functions also is included in the building design, bringing the total facility employee capacity to 180. Conference rooms, employee break rooms, and lockers round out the design.