Press Release: 08.08.2012

Cleared For Takeoff

McCarthy puts finishing touches on New Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

McCarran International Airport
Terminal 3 Miscellaneous Projects

Las Vegas, Nevada

“McCarthy’s performance under compressed schedules, working in a live airport environment, and coordinating with many airport stakeholders, greatly contributed to the success of the projects they have successfully completed over the past several years.”
Randall H. Walker, director, Clark County Department of Aviation

As one of the first airport facilities to open in the United States in the post-9/11 era, Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport’s new $2.4 billion Terminal 3 is creating a lot of buzz. Featuring self-serve check-in kiosks, streamlined security, a large customs area and more than eight miles of automated baggage-handling, the new terminal is leading the way in state-of-the-art technology and passenger convenience.

McCarthy was brought on board to put the finishing touches on the new 14-gate terminal that will serve both domestic and international flights. McCarthy had constructed the $160 million foundation for the new terminal and was awarded the final miscellaneous project package, closing out yet another chapter in the long-standing relationship.    

“This was a great opportunity for McCarthy to finish what we had started five years ago when we broke ground on the foundation and early civil package for the new terminal,” explained McCarthy Executive Vice President Ray Sedey. “Serving as a construction manager-at-risk (CMAR), our team worked closely with the Department of Aviation to thoroughly review and finalize the architectural drawings during our six months of preconstruction planning.”

McCarthy team members recently wrapped up construction on some of the final tenant improvements and general site and building improvements for the new three-story structure. McCarthy was tasked with performing nearly 200 categories of work items accounting for more than 1,700 area-specific work tasks in a four-month, fast-track construction schedule to ensure the terminal’s June 27th grand opening. In addition, as the work progressed, more than 100 additional work items were added to the scope.

“This CMAR project was planned as a fixed-scope project but evolved and expanded as the owner commenced occupancy of the terminal, and significant scope changes were implemented to improve operations and incorporate expanded security elements,” said PGAL President Ken Brown, AIA. “The project mandated constant update of drawings and required a close working relationship with McCarthy’s project team to determine the most expedient and cost effective means to implement the work to meet the scheduled opening of Terminal 3.”

Among the items on the list were coordinating tenant improvements for the terminal’s 23 new tenants and upgrading the security systems, Customs and Border Protection, and TSA administration spaces.

Modifications included enhancing the passenger screening areas and installing automatic exit-lane barriers and boarding gates as well as interactive touch screen directories throughout the terminal. These state-of-the-art features will allow passengers to board and deplane quickly and efficiently, making Terminal 3 one of the most technologically-advanced airports in the world. 

The majority of the work involved installing a number of new ultramodern features and requiring the team to locate and connect data lines previously buried beneath concrete or in walls and ceiling spaces. To help expedite tracking and managing the many small projects, McCarthy Project Manager Josh Brummels and his team used iPads with Vela Systems® software to manage the work in the field.

“There were a lot of small tasks spread over 1.9 million square feet requiring our team to stay on top of every inch of this building,” explained Brummels. “In addition to not having to haul around a large stack of drawings, our team was able to create punch-list items instantly and communicate to our subs specifically what and where they needed to work. In most cases we even used the camera on the iPad to provide photos of specific punch list issues.”

McCarthy’s history with the airport dates back nearly 30 years, beginning with the construction of the original air traffic control tower through the expansion of the Satellite D gates. McCarthy followed this up with several key projects for the new terminal, including the foundation package as mentioned earlier and the new 6,000-car, 2.3 million-square-foot Terminal 3 parking structure.

Nationally, McCarthy is a leader in airport construction. Working with airports both big and small, McCarthy construction projects have ranged from parking structure additions to the construction of new runways and terminals at large international facilities. McCarthy has constructed more than $1 billion in airport construction projects over the past 10 years. With projects at Sky Harbor International, Lambert St. Louis International Airport, John Wayne Airport and Los Angeles International Airport, chances are you have passed through or touched down at one of our many airport construction projects.

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