By Eric Jay Toll for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Phoenix is ready to pump $500M into renovating Sky Harbor’s Terminal 3. The aging home of Delta, American, and Frontier will be transformed to help take on its share of the expected 51M passengers to PHX by 2019. The Aviation Department is seeking a design-build team to handle all three components of the five-year project.
The expanded gate area and enlarged terminal will be losing American Airlines to Terminal 4 when the US Airways-American merger is completed. However, it will gain United, Alaska and Great Lakes. Sky Harbor plans to close Terminal 2 where the three other carriers land.
The new project is a redevelopment of a 2007 master plan for the airport. At that time, the airport expected to be hitting the 40M passenger mark next year. The economic downtown slashed airport traffic, and Sky Harbor re-assessed its passenger volume in terms of the recovery. The project’s scope was adjusted to meet those new demands.
Terminal 2, constructed as the airport’s first major foray into the jet age, will be closed—but not demolished. Airport officials say that the facility is no longer a good customer-experience, nor is its continued use cost-effective moving in to the airport’s future.
The airport engineering team is taking a fresh look at design-build teams for this project. Sky Harbor is initiating an outreach effort to broaden the responses it receives for the half-billion dollar Terminal 3 renovation effort.
The solicitation will be released in May with a requirement for a one-step design/build selection for all phases.
Small Business Commitment
Sky Harbor plans a major outreach program for small business participation. The airport promises a calendar of events open to “any first interest in pursuing design and construction on the PHX terminal modernization program.” No percentage for small business has been defined at this stage in the process, but Sky Harbor will follow the Phoenix policies and programs.
PHX has $105M for Component 1. The project, which starts in mid-2014, will expand the two existing passenger screening and security areas. The checkpoints are undersized for current passenger volume and improving passenger flow is the top priority for the overall project. Completion is required in mid-2015.
Starting in 2015, Sky Harbor wants to complete four elements handling the way passengers move through the concourse and piers. The $165M plan calls out two elements for reconfiguration of ticketing and bag claim areas with improved passenger circulation on escalators and elevators. Expanding concessions areas within the concourse and gate areas is a third element. Handling passengers for the increased traffic, the final element is the loading and unloading curbside areas being expanded. PHX wants the component to be completed in late 2017.
The biggest effort goes into the $220M redevelopment of the south concourse to add nine additional gates to the terminal. Construction is planned for 2016 to 2019, and must be finished before Terminal 2 will be closed. Airport officials expect that the annual passenger volume at Sky Harbor will top 58M by then.
The entire construction project takes place while the terminal is fully operational and active. Although American will be moving to Terminal 4, it’s expected construction will be well-underway before the gate relocation occurs. Airlines in Terminal 2 are anxious to move into more expansive quarters as well, adding pressure to meet project timelines.
Read the full solicitation, when it is available in May, at Phoenix Sky Harbor Design-Build Procurement. Sky Harbor is inviting interested bidders to watch a video of the presentation to the Phoenix city council.