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COVER STORY: HUNTAUSTIN - TERMINAL 3 MODERNIZATION
HuntAustin, a Joint Venture-
Terminal 3 Modernization
* Project cost: $590 million
* Location: Phoenix
* Employees: 400
* Scope: Modernization of airport terminal
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- Ray Libonati, project executive
makes the work similar to performing heart
surgery on a very large scale. Ray Libonati,
project executive for HuntAustin, notes that
while the project is being done in phases
to mitigate much of the inconvenience,
there are still significant workarounds to be
executed. "During phase one of the process,
we had to take apart an existing operating
terminal," Libonati recalls. "There were a lot
of challenges working in and around the
electrical services portion."
Though the basic structure or
bones of the terminal remained, the
interior of the terminal was taken
apart to allow for a whole new
interior design. The former
structure consisted of lots
of concrete and low
3 must remain open during
construction, but the work is being done
in phases to mitigate inconvenience.
ceilings. Now, with the completion of phase one in December 2016,
the structure is much more open, consisting of glass facades that
allow lots of sunlight into the building.
Passengers can now see the ticketing counter from curbside,
which allows them to become acclimated to the airport quicker.
"All of the new glass has shades that are electronically operated,"
Augustyn says. "There are also sensors that can tell when there are
rain clouds as well."
Construction of the Terminal 3 modernization began in 2014 and
will continue through 2020. The first phase, completed in December
2016, consisted of not only the new façade, but also a larger security
checkpoint and charging stations throughout the seating areas.
Additionally, new ticket counters, pre- and re-composure areas and
a museum gallery were added. Phase two of the project will include
the demolition of the south concourse and construction of a new
268,000-square-foot concourse with 15 new gates, along with new
food and retail amenities. That portion is set for completion in late
Finally, phase three, to be completed by 2020, will involve the
complete remodel of the north concourse focusing on an open
passenger experience with shared hold rooms and concessions
enhancements. The idea of the completed project is to support a
multi-modal campus that incorporates the PHX Sky Train® and
Phoenix's light rail system.
To complete the massive project, HuntAustin has called on team of
seasoned subcontractors based primarily in the Phoenix area. "We
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