Deep in the Heart of Texas

(Clark Construction)

James Hanna, Business Development Manager for Vanderlande Industries, highlights the baggage handling work in progress at San Antonio.

(Clark Construction)

San Antonio International Airport is in the midst of infrastructure modifications and its passengers will be enjoying two new terminal facilities in the future.  Terminal B is an eight-gate facility being constructed directly between the existing structures of Terminals One & Two.  Once completed, ‘B’ will serve as a replacement facility for Terminal Two, which is scheduled for demolition.  Terminal C will be constructed to the West of Terminal Two’s footprint.  Initially it will house five gates, but it is designed to accommodate eleven gates if passenger growth warrants it.
Clark/Byrne Construction, A Joint Venture, which consists of Clark Construction LLC and Thomas S Byrne Ltd, is contracted to oversee all construction of the modernisation project, a task estimated at around $240M.  Within the budget is a new, consolidated, outbound Baggage Handling System serving Terminal 1 and Terminal B.  The contracts for these two separate projects, totalling $16.9 million, were awarded to Vanderlande Industries, based in Marietta, Georgia.
The first project requires the relocation and condensing of eight existing conveyor outbound systems into three temporary systems to make room for the new outbound EDS screening system.  The scope also includes the upgrading of the controls for the remaining conveyors at the ticket counter level, including an interim control room to manage the more complex system.  Additionally, in the bag room make up area, the airlines operating in this terminal have to share one existing carousel and two new outbound carousels during the second construction period, estimated to be around 14 months.  The challenge is to implement this work on a very aggressive schedule around the airport’s operations.  This work would ultimately make room for the new outbound explosive detection screening system (EDS).
The second project awarded to Vanderlande Industries is the actual implementation of the automated outbound screening system; two new make-up carousels; additional baggage claim areas and overall control of the final system.
Clark/Byrne’s part in the build project includes the construction of the new Terminal B, modifications and expansion to Terminal 1, and a new Central Utility Plant.  The most challenging part of the project is: “the co-ordination and timely completion of all elements and systems to ensure the facility is fully operational.  This includes the completion, commissioning and phased switchover of the BHS systems,” said Jim Ansari, General Manager-Texas Region, of Clark/Byrne.
The new Terminal B portion of the project has been ongoing since June 2008.  Vanderlande Industries will perform engineering while Clark/Byrne completes the new Terminal B construction.  At the point that Clark Byrne is ready, Vanderlande will start the installation of two ticket counters, two kerbside feeds, transportation to and from the future EDS area and two make-up carousels, as well as adding three new inbound claim systems.
At the same time, Clark Byrne will be making the modifications to the existing facility that will allow for a consolidated EDS screening system.  Vanderlande will implement the transportation conveyors to and from the new Terminal B as well as the EDS screening area, before starting the outbound testing procedure.  Vanderlande has a rigid testing procedure that fully exercises the system and our testing processes in the EDS integration give us a stellar first-time pass rate with the TSA’s testing agency.
After passing the TSA testing and assurance that the system has delivered the requirements outlined in the airport’s specification, the system will be brought on-line slowly.  Once the airport is satisfied with that phase of the project, Vanderlande will slowly migrate the interim systems into the final system scheduled for completion in September 2010.
The overall project will require close co-ordination between Clark/Byrne and Vanderlande Industries.  Both companies have a solid track record in the aviation business that will help ensure success.  It is Vanderlande’s hope that the success in this Terminal will allow them to support the expansion in Terminal C.