The Weitz Company has been selected by Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to upgrade its Terminal 4 Baggage Handling System (BHS), in partnership with JSM & Associates.

The $50m project award encompasses preconstruction services and construction in partnership with JSM & Associates. It will focus on the outbound BHS servicing the North concourses and inbound system. The complete modernisation of Terminal 4 BHS includes T4 North (T4N), T4 International (T4I), T4 Recheck (T4R), T4 FIS (T4FIS), and T4 In-Bound 1 to 7 (T4IB1-7).

“The baggage handling equipment likely isn’t on the average traveller’s mind, but its purpose, efficiency, and reliability directly connect to the traveller’s experiences, and it must be sound. What this project requires is an understanding and coordination of PHX needs, TSA needs, and the dynamic atmosphere in which the work will be performed,” said Ben Bunge, Weitz’s director of aviation. “The Weitz team provides the depth of readily available resources, specialised expertise, aviation experience, and aviation knowledge combined with over 44 years of local experience, including Phoenix Sky Train, to support the airport in successfully delivering this project.”

Weitz and JSM have successfully completed years of BHS projects together. The two companies plan to modernise the 32-year-old baggage handling system in part by using a phased design and implementation plan, including contingency planning, showing a smooth transition between new and existing systems while not impacting active airport operations and passenger experience. BIM (building information modelling) technology will also be used to show work in 3D, increasing cost certainty and project communication.

The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Terminal 4 BHS upgrades CMAR (construction manager at-risk) procurement and design will take place in 2023 – 2024. Construction will begin in 2024 and is expected to be completed in 2027. Upon completion, the BHS will be compliant with TSA Planning Guidelines & Design Standards Version 7.0.

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