Syracuse Hancock International Airport Terminal Expansion and Renovation

C&S is providing professional design and construction inspection/observation services for the construction the Syracuse Hancock International Airport terminal security and access improvement project, which is a 147,000-square-foot renovation design project with an estimated cost of $63 million. The most critical components of the project are:

Post Check-in TSA Baggage Screening—The TSA baggage screening process will be relocated behind the ticket counters, requiring building additions to both the north and south airline baggage makeup areas. The additions will be large enough to accommodate equipment required for a full in-line baggage screening system in each wing.

Improved Passenger Screening—Current passenger screening security checkpoints are inadequate for handling peak hour passenger loads. Wait times are too long and there is inadequate space at current checkpoint locations for queuing, visitor waiting, and TSA screening functions. A new centrally located, single second level security checkpoint will be constructed.The proposed terminal layout utilizes both existing and new center vertical circulation for enplaning and deplaning passengers and maintains building core facilities, including the Discover the Airport exhibit and playground. Future provisions for expanded office and conference space on the first floor will be provided. This project relocates both north and south TSA queuing to a centralized second floor location, increasing TSA queuing from four positions to ten positions with room for future expansion. Additional floor space will allow for increased waiting spaces and viewing from second floor TSA and concourses to airline gates and ramp area. Expanded space for second floor landside and airside retail and food services at both north and south concourses will also be provided.

Sustainability—The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. A minimum LEED rating of silver will be sought on this project. To reduce the overall impact of the building on the environment and energy usage, conservation measures such as premium efficient motors, energy recovery HVAC systems, low flow lavatory fixtures, and recycled building materials will be incorporated. In doing this, the design will fit into the voluntary LEED rating system based on accepted energy and environmental principles and achieve a balance between emerging energy conservation concepts and established design practice.

BIM Design Process—Because of the size, timeline, and public interest, the entire existing structure was fully modeled using building information modeling (BIM) software.