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Fairbanks International Airport Program Management


Fairbanks International Airport

Fairbanks International Airport is situated 3 miles from the center of Fairbanks, Alaska. To keep ahead of passenger traffic and to rejuvenate the airport's public face, a terminal expansion project was undertaken, with WSP USA providing program management services in a subconsultant role.

Fairbanks International Airport’s $99.2 million Terminal Area Development Program included construction of a 90,000-square-foot terminal addition, reconfiguration and seismic upgrade of 60,000 square feet of an existing terminal, redevelopment of the arrival roadway system, new parking areas, and utility systems upgrades. The project also included a modern in-line baggage screening system, closed-circuit television, and intelligent video for enhanced security screening. Planning for the project began in October 2003. The first phase of the terminal opened for use precisely on schedule in May 2008. Similarly, the final phase opened on schedule in May 2009. The project was completed under budget, with more than $4 million of the budgeted amount returned to the client.

Terminal improvements included a new terminal building with up-to-date seismic standards; increased number of jet gates from five to six ; updated mechanical and electrical systems; enlarged car rental lot and car park; expanded baggage handling system capacity; enlarged arrivals area; and a new bus staging area to reduce curbside congestion. The terminal made full use of natural light, giving the building a new functional atmosphere.

The program was delivered using the construction manager at-risk method, the first project to deliver airport facilities for revenue service for the State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities using this project delivery method.