Sundt is remodeling part of the airport's existing terminal building to add new communication infrastructure, plumbing, electrical work and a temporary baggage area, in addition to other improvements.
Sundt’s third project at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz., requires the kind of expertise that only an airport construction specialist can provide. The busy facility, which remains open throughout the 16-month project, serves thousands of annual passengers traveling to and from 40 destinations across the U.S.
“Working in an occupied facility is our biggest challenge,” said Sundt Project Manager Chris Tinney. “We developed a detailed plan that works around flight schedules in order to preserve the passenger experience for Phoenix-Mesa Gateway’s customers. Phased turnovers and focusing on teamwork are also important keys to success. Fortunately, we have a lot of experience doing this kind of challenging work, and we’re known for doing it well.”
Sundt’s $9.6 million, Construction Manager at Risk project involves remodeling part of the existing terminal building to add new communication infrastructure, plumbing, electrical work and a temporary baggage area. Sundt’s crews are also constructing a 30,000-square-foot expansion to the terminal, adding two additional gates for departing passengers, a new exit vestibule, and concession space. To ready the site for construction, the team demolished an existing building and parking lot, reworked underground wet and dry utilities, and improved an adjacent roadway.
The project began in August 2011 and is scheduled for completion this December.
One of the concourse areas renovated by Sundt in a project at Tucson International Airport
Airport construction projects are uniquely challenging. They have immense security requirements. Most airports are open and functioning 24/7. And they’re all connected: a closed concourse or delayed flight in Rome could affect travelers in Detroit.
That’s why it’s so important to choose a contractor, like Sundt, that’s an expert in the field of airport construction. Our experience in the aviation industry goes back decades and spans a range of project types, from large international airports to small municipal airfields, military aviation facilities, and more.
We understand that airport customers want to get where they’re going quickly and efficiently, which makes precise planning and communication the keys to success. As one Sundt project manager puts it, “The biggest thing we can offer our clients is invisibility, to make it seem like we’re not even there.” Building temporary walls and walkways, creating way-finding signage and videos, and working carefully around flight schedules – these are things we consider necessary and important parts of the job.
Sundt’s employees are well trained in the varying levels of FAA and TSA security requirements – for landside areas outside of terminals, “sterile” zones within concourses, and out on the tarmac. The tools and equipment that are allowed in one area are strictly forbidden in others. Only an experienced contractor knows the difference.
- Excellent communication with airport owners and the public
- Detailed planning and coordination
- A thorough knowledge of security requirements
- The ability to anticipate challenges and avert problems
That’s what’s on our pre-flight checklist. What’s on yours?