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. Because of the size, timeline, and public interest, the entire existing structure was fully modeled using building information modeling (BIM) software. There are many benefits to using this technology in each area of design and construction, including:

  • Phasing: By using phasing within BIM, this project will be fully coordinated within the appropriate phases required to track existing structure, demolition, and new construction. Not only will phasing prove to play a valuable role in the production of construction documents, but it will also aid in a visual time-line during construction.
  • Quantity and Material Tracking: The BIM model will be utilized to track and quantify building materials in all phases of construction for all trades. This aspect of BIM allows the estimators to have accurate, up-to-the-second quantities, square footages, and linear line-item based takeoffs.
  • Visualization: As a result of the high public attention this project has generated, the use of BIM will serve as a visual piece allowing all parties involved to clearly see the changes taking place. This also aids in the construction process and allows for better collaboration, and informed decisions can be made before the project goes out to bid.
  • Analysis: By using BIM, engineering and drafting are finally merged together. Energy data is exported from the architectural BIM model to be used for heat loss/gain analysis within the MEP based BIM applications. Also, structural loads will be placed in the BIM model for finite analysis.
  • 3D Radar Subsurface Analysis: To track underground utilities, bearing members, and abandoned underground structures, ground penetrating equipment was used to locate these items. The resulting output was point data imported into a civil BIM package and the utilities were modeled accordingly.