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DWL Architects


Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, On-Call Architectural Services

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport has handled more than five million passengers since commercial service began in 2007, and today it is consistently ranked among the fastest-growing commercial airports in the country. The projects DWL has completed for the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority over the years have not only accommodated the airport’s immediate needs, but they were also designed to allow the facility to evolve over the next decade as passenger, security, airline and operational demands change. The overall design intent was to create a flexible and efficient building while being sensitive to the environment and the existing airport character.

The Arizona Department of Transportation named Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Airport of the Year for 2012, the second time in ten years. DWL is proud of our long relationship with Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, and we continue to provide airport architectural services on an as-needed basis.




West Terminal Expansion Planning Study – The original Master Plan’s long-term intent is for the development of an ‘East’ terminal. The West Terminal Expansion Planning Study determined the maximum capacity of the existing site and prioritized new facility construction. Through the use of forecasting, analyzing existing site capacity and developing alternatives, we were able to define the most appropriate solution.

Northeast Area Development Plan – This plan assessed current conditions, reviewed the Master Plan, validated previous programming, and conducted alternative analyses so that a preferred concept can be established for this 700-acre parcel, the future site of the new passenger terminal, and other land uses such as hotel, office, light commercial and retail.

South Area Plan – This plan’s focus was on a 32-33 square mile area and how it can best inter-relate with off-airport properties while maintaining large lots and taxiway usage. Topics addressed: cargo expansion; runway extensions; existing and new road alignments; development of aviation and non-aviation parcels.



Hangar 24 Code Study Analysis – DWL led a comprehensive Code Study Analysis of the existing facility to develop recommendations for a change to an Assembly occupancy.

Hangar 31 Code Study Analysis and Renovation – As consulting architect, DWL conducted a Building Code Analysis for this 22,500 square foot facility. After a thorough assessment, the project team determined the direction this project should take in order to comply with building codes.

Air Traffic Control Tower Cab Replacement Study – This study determined if the tower could be modified to accommodate a full tower cab replacement. The building assessment included a structural, architectural, MPE and special system analysis and recommendations.



Terminal Annex and Courtyard – This 10,000 square foot modular building was designed and constructed in a little over six months to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding airline. The Annex provides four gates, concessions and created an outdoor courtyard space for passengers.

Ticketing Terminal – This 23,300 square foot remodel of the airport’s original terminal building added ticket counters, baggage conveyors and airline ticketing offices, and also expanded the existing baggage screening area.

Airport Design Guidelines – DWL developed a document that articulates the comprehensive vision for the airport and provides clearly defined design criteria that all projects are to follow.

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