After several successful joint ventures together, Kiewit Corporation and Sundt Construction, Inc. are completing another successful construction project together at the San Diego International Airport (SDIA). Independently, the two construction companies have significant transportation and aviation experience but this design-build project, which is part of The Green Build at Terminal 2, was challenging, since it blended two different sets of design standards and codes. A Caltrans design code was used for the civil components, which were two-thirds of the project, and the one-third of architectural/building components were permitted through the City of San Diego's Building Services Department.
The main element of the Terminal 2 Landside Improvements project is the new Elevated Departure Roadway (EDR) that will separate arrival and departure traffic. Adjacent to the EDR are two Smart Curb Pavilions which will house self-serve ticket kiosks, flight information displays, a row of common use ticket counters, and a baggage belt that utilizes underground tunnels for access into the Terminal. Other major elements of construction for Kiewit/Sundt in this project include: roadway improvements, a reconstructed and expanded transit center, reconfigured parking lot, a new building to house the USO and Parking Management Offices, and two new Pedestrian bridges.
Executing a construction project at the front doorstep of Terminal 2 is not a simple task and was one of the challenges Kiewit/Sundt faced from the onset. "Before you could get to Terminal 2, you have to in some way go thru or around our project," said Brad Kirsch, Smart Curb Project Manager for Kiewit/Sundt. "We had to build the project in such a way that it would not negatively impact the operations of the airport."
Kiewit/Sundt conducted hours of meticulous planning for the demolition of two existing pedestrian bridges that required re-routing of traffic to maintain access to the terminal. Then later during construction, Kiewit/Sundt prefabricated two new 100-ton pedestrian bridges on the ground prior to strategically maneuvering and lifting them into place. Both prefabricated bridges were rolled down the roadway and hoisted into place with a 340-ton crane in a span of 8 hours overnight.
Now at the end of the construction process, Kiewit/Sundt is very excited to share their project with San Diego and everyone who visits our city. "The great thing is everyone that flies out of Terminal 2 will experience our project and everyone that worked here is proud to have been involved in this landmark for San Diego, built for and by the local community."
~ By Jada Thomas, The Daily Transcript