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Tucson International Airport Terminal Optimization Program

The Terminal Optimization Program, at Tucson International Airport (TUS), is the largest of several construction projects encompassed under the airport’s ‘A Brighter TUS’ improvements. Comprised of three main categories: the relocation of security screening checkpoints at all concourses, concessions, as well as modifications and upgrades to the airport infrastructure, the goal for this multi-phase terminal renovation project is to increase airport revenue, improve passenger processing, enhance customer service and optimize the use of the space.

To achieve the airport’s vision, the design and construction team focused on recapturing under-used space and modernizing terminal finishes. Together, they opened up a once dark portion of the terminal with glass facades that allow for optimal daylight and grand views to the airfield as passengers advance through the security checkpoints. By opening up the terminal, the design embraces the unique location in Tucson, connecting passengers to the outdoors with views to distant vistas and integrating an Arizona color palette.

By completing the Terminal Optimization Project in phases, the airport has remained operational through construction, with the final phase opening in the end of 2017. Travelers will appreciate an elevated passenger experience with the opening of Security Checkpoint A and expanded checkpoint for the B Concourse, upgraded colored terrazzo for improved wayfinding throughout both concourses and baggage claim, a children’s play area, a business center and “recomposure” areas following both checkpoints,  additional infrastructure upgrades and modernized finishes and amenities. Supporting the mission to provide a new face for TUS and the community of Tucson, these infrastructure and aesthetic upgrades position the airport for success for years to come.

As the business of aviation evolves, the check-in and security checkpoint processes must advance also. With this project, DWL Architects focused on transforming the checkpoints into integral components of the terminal with an open design for increased visibility and intuitive passenger flow.

Project Details:
Total Project Square Footage: 382,045 SF
Delivery Method: Construction Manager at Risk
Completion Date: Fall 2017

  • Improved Passenger Flow
  • Reconfigured Terminal
  • Open Design
  • Enhanced Amenities
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