A Ground Run-up Enclosure is used to test aircraft engines after they have been serviced. The purpose of the structure is to dampen the sound of the engines so that the surrounding area is not affected by the noise. Part of the vast modernisation program at O’Hare Airport meant that a support taxi-way was required to pass directly through their existing Enclosure.
One solution was to move it and relocate it down the runway. AKSWard worked closely with acoustic aviation specialists IAC Acoustics Company UK and the US civil contractors, F.H.Paschen to provide engineering consultancy on the relocation of the existing Ground Run-up Enclosure including the design of new foundations and a new internal Jet Blast Fence.
Photography: IAC Acoustic Company UK Ltd