PMG O’Hare Fuel Station/7-Eleven
Located at Higgins Road and Patton Drive is the first public gas station at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. This eco-friendly travel plaza serves a wide variety of customers, from airport visitors to transportation providers, commercial vehicles, and drivers. A plethora of services is offered at the station including both alternative fuel and traditional fuel sources with Mobil fuel, a drive-through restaurant, and a 7-Eleven.
In addition to the sustainable design and LEED certification, the station was built per with the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA)’s Sustainable Airport Manual (SAM) guidelines. One hundred and fifty solar panels are installed on the canopy over the fuel pumps, which will lead to an estimated energy savings of $100,000 annually and help CDA to achieve sustainability goals. A typical fuel station dedicates 15-20 percent of each pumps to alternative fuels, this station dedicates 60 percent. Electric-powered car (EV) charging stations are also provided.
EEA staff provided civil engineering, landscape architecture, and traffic services including the design of on-site rain gardens and a sanitary lift station.
CDA Commissioner Jamie L. Rhee stated, “This forward-thinking multi-fuel station demonstrates the CDA’s ongoing efforts to implement sustainability wherever we can as we continue to build a better, more modern airport for our passengers and the surrounding community.”
This $6 million development opened in November of 2019, creating over 120 construction jobs and leading to a dozen permanent jobs.