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Richmond International Airport Expansion

  • Description: The project architect was Gresham, Smith & Partners of Nashville. The new 550ft-long terminal has a barrel-shaped roof – the metal decking of this was completed by February 2007. After that, the roof was covered by 3in insulation and enamel-covered light-gauge steel, and URS is the engineering firm overseeing the work.<br /><br />The roof has 20 arched trusses that are 118ft, 9in long. The last truss was installed in January 2007. A mosaic of tinted windows with 'Richmond' spelled out in the windowpanes has been installed on both ends of the building.<br /><br />F&R performed construction materials testing services for the capital expansion programme at Richmond International Airport. Services included testing and inspection for soils, concrete, masonry, and structural steel, as well as monitoring installation of caissons and pre-cast concrete piles.<br /><br />ASI Inc provided security analysis, requirements, development and system design including access control and CCTV systems. ColonialWebb Contractors designed the new central plant for the terminal. The equipment consisted of three chillers and cooling towers producing 2,100t of cooling. In addition, four boilers with a total output of 18,400MBH will provide heat in the winter. The central plant serves all concourses, the new terminal expansion and the security checkpoint addition.<br /><br />"A popular addition is the elevated roadway where passengers can get dropped off in front of their airlines."<br />In the newly expanded terminal there are ten new air handling units with gas-phase filtration on the third-floor mechanical mezzanine. The units feed 208,000cfm (cubic feet a minute) of air into the new dual-level terminal. Contractors also expanded the security checkpoint area by 40,000ft² to screen passengers faster. There have been six new air handling units installed to air condition the customers and airport workers in the security area.<br /><br />OTHER IMPROVEMENTS<br /><br />The new control tower, which required an estimated $12m to construct, was opened in 2004. The new tower was a real safety need as the old one had a serious number of blind spots.<br /><br />The terminal has an 'H' design and the airport had to install dual in-line systems to attain integrated baggage screening. There are two separate in-line systems, each being facilitated by two L-3 (explosives detection systems) from the TSA. It has been designed so they can fit up to four L-3s for future demand (in-line systems cost $9m). <br /><br />http://www.airport-technology.com/projects/richmond/<br /><br />Also Construction of more parking decks and new runway and extension of terminal

    Type: Other

    Floors: 2

    Construction Start: 2002

    Construction End: 2020+

    Architect: Gresham, Smith & Partners of Nashville

    Location: Sandston, VA

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