Vegetated Roof Installations at O'Hare and Midway International Airports

The Sustainable Airport Manual (SAM) developed by the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) established contractual requirements to consider sustainability in the design and construction of every project at O'Hare and Midway International Airports. SAM requires that vegetated roofs be installed on airport facilities wherever possible to reduce the heat island effect, conserve energy, and reduce storm water runoff. The CDA has installed 232,534 square feet of vegetated roofs and is installing 126,456 square feet more (as of November 2010). Installations include the first on-airport Federal Aviation Administration facility in the nation to feature a vegetated roof and the construction of nearly 175,000 square feet of vegetated roof on a major cargo building, one of the 15 largest vegetated roof areas in the U.S. The CDA's installations demonstrate that installing vegetated roofs at airports is practical and cost effective. Operational and maintenance cost savings are expected from increased roof life span, energy use reduction, and storm water quantity/quality management. Additional benefits achieved include a reduction in noise and heat islands, air quality protection, and enhanced aesthetics.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Monograph Title: Transportation and Development Institute Congress 2011 : Integrated Transportation and Development for a Better Tomorrow

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01347263
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784411674
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Aug 8 2011 2:10PM