LEE overseeing construction of new customs facility

LEE companies, a Gary, IN-based Development and Project Management firm, has been selected to serve as the Construction Manager for the adaptive reuse of an existing building into the new Customs Facility at the Gary/Chicago International Airport, the company said.

The addition of a Customs Facility will allow the airport to capture a broader segment of the Chicago Aviation Market, specifically incoming international flights with 20 or fewer passengers. Currently the airport has outgoing international flights, but incoming international flights go through Customs at a different airport before arriving in Gary.

The plan was approved in August by Customs and Border Protection and will include the addition of pre and post processing areas, a general customs and border office, and specialized facilities designed to carry out the processes of the CBP. The total space to be repurposed is approximately 2,500 square feet.

The architect of record is NGC Aviation Consultants, an Indiana-based airport engineer, with extensive experience designing facilities at the Gary Chicago International Airport, including the recent runway expansion.

Last year, fuel sales at the Gary/Chicago International Airport increased at a rate that exceeds the rate of new take-offs, indicating that larger jets are flying further, thanks in part to the newly renovated runway.

LEE companies, http://www.leecompanies.net/, is a Gary-based Development and Project Management firm that has been minimizing costs, maximizing quality, and optimizing schedules for its clients, from initial planning through final close-out, for over 40 years. LEE companies is a member of the US Green Building Council and its Project Managers are LEED® Accredited Professionals.