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COVER STORY: HUNTAUSTIN - TERMINAL 3 MODERNIZATION
Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport keeps pace with growth with help from HuntAustin. BY CHRIS KELSCH
here has been very little debate regarding the need to expand Phoenix
Sky Harbor International Airport.
The Phoenix Airport System is the
largest economic engine in the state of Arizona, and served more than 43 million passengers in 2016, and currently averages 120,000
passengers per day. In November 2016 it was
ranked No. 1 in the United States overall by
ThePoinstGuy.com for its amenities, on-time
flights and proximity to downtown Phoenix.
And as Phoenix continues to grow and host
significant attractions such as the Super
Bowl and the NCAA Basketball Final Four,
those numbers are only going to increase
and strain the existing infrastructure.
Given the need for modernization, the city
of Phoenix in 2013 approved a $590 million
design/build project known as the Terminal
3 Modernization Program at Sky Harbor
International. Overseeing the project
is joint venture HuntAustin, a
50-50 partnership between
Group and Aus-
completed Sky Harbor
International Airport will support
Phoenix's light rail system.
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tin Commercial. James Augustyn, project deputy director, notes it
has been a good partnership for the construction firms. "It has been
a nice blend of two really strong cultures," Augustyn says. "There has
been a good mix of resources and contributions from both sides."
As well there should be. Combined, Hunt and Austin have built
more than 36 million square feet at 21 of the nation's busiest airports, including Atlanta, Denver and Los Angeles. Equally important, the joint venture has significant experience building at
Sky Harbor, including a consolidated rental car facility,
security checkpoints, concourses and food and
This project, however, has presented some significant challenges.
Namely, Terminal 3 has to
remain open during