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Ghafari among Chicago’s Top 10 Architectural Firms, as Ranked by The Real Deal

Ghafari among Chicago’s Top 10 Architectural Firms, as Ranked by The Real Deal

Chicago, IL – Global architecture and engineering firm Ghafari Associates was ranked among the top 10 architectural firms of the past year by The Real Deal Chicago, coming in at #7. Ghafari made this list for its extensive work at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, which is collectively valued at more than $162 million and supports the airport’s continued modernization program.

The O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP) is a long-term reconfiguration of the Chicago O’Hare International Airport aimed at reducing flight delays and increasing capacity to serve passengers, airlines, and airport team members more efficiently. Ghafari has partnered with American Airlines and United Airlines to help them identify opportunities to improve their current operations aligned with OMP goals.

“We’re honored by this recognition,” says Ted Oberlies, Senior Vice President who heads up Ghafari’s Aviation Group. “Our aviation work in Chicago has always been a source of great pride, and our projects at O’Hare remain at the forefront of our practice. We look forward to supporting the continued growth and success of the Chicago Airport System.”

The firm is currently providing a full range of services for United Airlines’ 112,000 SF relocation of its ground equipment maintenance facility. This relocation will expand its size and maintenance capabilities while servicing a wider array of equipment. Ghafari is also working with American Airlines on a 194,000 SF aircraft maintenance hangar relocation that will improve and consolidate both line and base maintenance operations at one of their busiest hubs. Additionally, the firm recently renovated American’s Admirals Club and designed a new Flagship Lounge at O’Hare’s Terminal 3.

The Real Deal assembled its “Top 10 Architectural Firms in Chicago” list based on data gathered through city building permits from May 1, 2017 to April 20, 2018 with values calculated based on the estimated costs listed in those permit applications.

Opened in 2004, Ghafari’s Chicago office serves as the hub of the firm’s international aviation operations. Ghafari is also part of the Chicago Airports Resources Enterprise (CARE) joint venture and its successor, CARE Plus, serving the Chicago Department of Aviation under the Capital Improvement Program for nearly 14 years.

About Ghafari Associates

An innovator since 1982, Ghafari embraces an integrated approach to deliver design solutions that synergize building operations, systems, and people. This approach is made possible by the firm’s full complement of capabilities, including architecture, interior design, civil + structural engineering, MEP, ICT + security, and operations + systems engineering. Ghafari supports the automotive, aviation, commercial, education, government + institutional, healthcare, industrial + manufacturing, and workplace sectors through 11 offices across the globe.

Media Contacts:

Nicole Ghafari | Marketing Principal | Ghafari | | +1.312.857.2189