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Terminal B Replacement at IAH

Phase 1 Topped Out! Part of $1B Terminal B Replacement at Houston's IAH

With completion set for 2013, the $115M Phase 1 of Terminal B replacement, George Bush Intercontinental Airport, was topped off recently. PGAL is Prime Consultant for the 225,000SF south side concourse replacement which will have three ramp level piers feeding to 30 gates served by a common passenger holding area on ticketing level. It will connect with existing Terminal B via a 95' wide concessions bridge, consolidating most of United Continental Holdings, Inc. regional jet operations on the south side.

Background on overall, three phase, $1B Terminal B replacement: PGAL provided Master Plan and Concept Planning for the $1B three-phase redevelopment of Terminal B.

Besides its Prime Consultant role with Phase One, PGAL provided Terminal Programming, Planning and Aviation Planning Services for the other two major redevelopment elements which will be developed following the completion of Phase 1.

More detail on Phase One, South Side Terminal B replacement, due for completion mid-2013: Pursuing LEED Silver Certification, the new concourse will feature 28' high floor-to-ceiling glass at passenger hold rooms overlooking the south airfield, yet the facility will consume 19% less energy than a conventionally built building by using:

  • High-efficient exterior glass with exterior louvers & roof overhang to shade the glass from direct sunlight
  • Interior light shelves for natural light to be reflected deep into the building
  • High efficiency light fixtures with day light harvesting sensors to turn lights on/off based on the amount of natural light present in the space
  • High efficiency HVAC equipment zoned to maximized utilization
  • Exterior building envelope with composite metal wall panels and roof system that incorporates high value insulation.

Further, the new concourse will feature a cool roof system in 100% of the roof area. That is a total of 186,125 SF of roof area with a solar reflectance of 0.776 which exceeds code minimum by almost 9%.

With the installation of low consumption plumbing fixtures such as dual flush water closets and ultra low flush urinals, the completed project will use 40% less water than a traditional building of a similar size.

With the use of materials with no or low VO C content like carpet, adhesives, sealants, paint, primmer, concrete sealer, composite wood and agrifiber products, a healthier indoor air quality will be prevalent throughout Terminal B South Side.

Most if not all of the ground service vehicles and equipment used to support the aircraft based out of the South Side will be electrically powered or operate by other alternative fuels, helping improve the air quality for the greater Houston area.

Access to the new concourse from the existing terminal will be via a 95' wide bridge spanning S. Terminal Road, lined with the latest offerings in food, beverage & retail concessions. The completed concourse will include over 13,000 SF of new concession amenities, representing a 500% increase over the existing south flight stations.

The new holdrooms will have ready access to oversized restrooms with the Men's facilities sized at six times larger than code required restrooms and the Women's facilities sized at ten times larger than code required restrooms. In addition, the two Women's Rooms will each include a special room for nursing mothers. Two family restrooms are also included in the new concourse.

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