Atlanta's New Airport Terminal—One Year Early, Within Budget

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1980, Vol. 50, Issue 11, Pg. 54-58

Document Type: Feature article


At Atlanta's new airport terminal complex the landside functions (ticketing and baggage) are in a two-building complex, and the airside activities (airplane gates and waiting areas) in four parallel buildings set some distance away. Linking these four and the landside building is an underground spine about 6,000-ft long containing an automated people-mover, a moving sidewalk, and a conventional sidewalk. One notable achievement was getting $165 million in contracts to bidding stage in only four months from start of design; this modified form of fast-tracking is explained. Also challenging was drainage—dealing with a high water table, flat land, and soil that drains poorly; solution was a soil-cement layer to create a construction work platform, and to keep the subgrade dry underdrains under hundreds of acres of paved area.

Subject Headings: Airport terminals | Budgets | Atlanta | Georgia | United States

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