State-of-the-art baggage handling facility
As Construction Manager for the project, Holt was tasked with fulfilling all design requirements for the baggage handling system, which was designed in accordance with Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Sustainable design initiatives. The design consisted of the construction of the of the core and shell of a new three-story building and the interior construction and renovation of an existing space. Some specifics include the installation of extensive screening equipment and state-of-the-art security and baggage technology in addition to major modifications to the existing Federal Inspection Services (FIS) Arrivals Hall.
Extensive phasing and coordination with U.S. Customs, TSA, and United Airlines/Continental (undergoing a merger at the time) was required for this project to meet milestones and critical path dates. It became evident during the process that the existing international inbound systems could not be maintained without at least two of the belts being relocated or phased construction of the structure. A value engineering exercise created room in the budget to relocate the inbound feed belts permanently as a first step; avoiding the need for relocation. Terminal areas that were occupied by scanning systems were restored as passenger circulation and airline operations areas.
The Holt team was able to integrate the new baggage handling system, without service interruption to the airline or passengers, to the existing baggage system.