Do airports ever stop expanding? With more and more people traveling for business and pleasure, it seems not.
Now the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has launched the major construction phase of its $2 billion Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP), a seven-year ongoing renovation that Marek Brothers is thrilled to be a part of.
The renovation involves the airport's four original terminals that opened in 1974, which were originally called 2E, 2W, 3E, and 4E, and are now terminals A, B, C, and E. The project is designed to improve parking and modernize the terminals with more self-service technologies and more efficient passenger traffic flow. There will be dramatic improvements in passenger services including ticketing, security checkpoints, and concessions. Design concepts call for more retail space and the consolidation of concessions areas into "villages" reminiscent of DFW's globally acclaimed International Terminal D, which Marek completed in 2005.
Our current scope includes exterior and interior framing, furdowns, special metal pan ceilings and typical acoustic ceilings as well.
Of course the airport will remain fully functional while all this work is being done. But, keeping the planes running on time and making sure passengers are comfortable through the entire experience is no easy feat. One of the ways Marek is making that possible is by providing the airport with what's known as a Pedestrian DUCT System. In this case, DUCT stands for:
Demountable Unit Concourse Tunnels
Travel can be stressful enough without having to walk through a construction zone when you're going from your car to a plane or from one plane to another. With the Pedestrian DUCT system in place, the traveling public can walk in style from one destination to another while construction happens around them. These are the portable, modular, reusable corridors that save construction costs, reduce waste, and improve our environment.
The DFW project is unusual in that MBS Dallas Superintendent Terry Evens, supervisor Ed Kuta and their crews are working in Terminals B & E with no less than six different General Contractors. Those are Manhattan Construction, Thos. S. Byrne Construction Services, James R. Thompson, 3i Construction, Phillips/May and Lemco. All of those companies are working together with their subcontractors to ensure a successful outcome.