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established a reasonable list of subcontractors that had experience
in the Phoenix marketplace," Libonati notes. "In particular, we focused on those that had relationships with both Hunt and Austin."
For both Augustyn and Libonati, hiring subcontractors with a
strong focus on safety was also a crucial element. "As a joint venture,
our staff has daily audits and interacts with subcontractors to make
sure we walk through the project with them," Augustyn notes. "So
far, the focus has paid off, as our safety record has been impeccable
and there has been no lost time to injury."
The safety record that Augustyn refers was the result of a strong
safety program developed in coordination with the Phoenix Sky
Harbor Aviation Department, the Arizona Division of Occupational
Safety and Health (ADOSH), local authorities and other key stakeholders. Throughout construction, the HuntAustin safety manager
conducted mandatory weekly safety meetings. Mandatory safety
and security orientations were implemented for all project personnel as well. HuntAustin's combined experience on similar airport
projects ensured the proper emphasis was placed on the unique
requirements of working in and near the aircraft operations area
(AOA), and within the security identification area (SIDA).
The safety plan was also augmented by a construction site security
and logistics plan. This plan was focused on the unique requirements for airport terminal security and was developed through the
joint efforts of HuntAustin, FAA, TSA, airport operations, airline and
concessionaire operations and the airport construction manager.
Given the complexity of the operation and having to reroute
large numbers of passengers, Augustyn and Libonati report that the
project has gone well so far, though both have learned a lot on this
project. "Dealing with airlines and relocating passengers en masse
has been a unique challenge," Augustyn states. "It was a bit more
complicated than expected."
'There has been a good
mix of resources and
Fortunately, many headaches were avoided with signage that
made directions as simple and clear for travelers as possible. "One of
the things this airport has is a robust program of signage and communications," Libonati adds. "At the end of the day, it was as clean
and smooth as possible."
The current work being done on Terminal 3 is the latest in a long
line of technical innovations that Phoenix Sky Harbor has become
known for. In fact, in July 2017 the airport was selected to receive
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