About the Project
“The Terminal East Infill Project was completed in July 2015 with the opening of a new six lane passenger security checkpoint. This created a new connection from the east ticket lobby to the concourse at approximately Gate 5. In December 2014, the lower level of the project was completed. This provided a new Customs facility that is larger and more efficient. With the new Customs facility, the processing of international arrivals has increased from 200 passengers per hour to 400 per hour. Further, it has the capability of processing up to 600 passengers per hour. The Terminal East Infill Project added approximately 56,700 square feet to the terminal and renovated approximately 17,000 square feet of the existing terminal. This included adding two luggage carousels to bag claim. The completion of the project comes in a very timely fashion as Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is experiencing record passenger growth. A record 10.7 million passengers traveled through the airport in 2014 and 2015 passengers are on pace to exceed the previous year. The project was budgeted at $62 million. Construction of the Terminal East Infill was performed by the design-build team of Hensel Phelps (construction) and Austin design firm PageSoutherlandPage. In addition to function, the new terminal addition incorporates colorful and cultural expressions into the architecture. Learn more here.”
My Role on the Project
After a quick move from Hobby Airport, I was ready for a role change and came to this project as an office engineer. I was primarily responsible for managing the office side of most subcontractors on site, including structural steel, concrete decking, exterior curtain wall and framing, roofing, baggage handling, glazing, mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, fire alarm, telecommunications, security, and controls. With little training in this role, it was tough to jump into such a high intensity role, but through a great network of Austin subcontractors, I was able to get up to speed and get effective immediately in helping them be successful.
My responsibilities include review, processing, and managing the submittal process for all scopes listed above, identifying issues and writing detailed request for information in order to eliminate issues and solve extensive unforeseen field conditions, coordination of all MEP systems, processing of subcontractor pay applications, all while managing and coordinating work being put in place on site to meet our demanding schedule. Closely collaborated with the owner, architect, and engineer, to keep project running forward daily through the unique opportunities to problem solve that are inherent to design build projects.
After having a very successful project despite some incredible difficulties, I was given an opportunity to train another group of young engineers at the Dell Medical School Project in downtown Austin.