Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) has selected the Weitz Company to upgrade its Terminal 4 Baggage Handling System (BHS).

This project has an estimated construction cost of 50 million USD and will include pre-construction and construction work in partnership with JSM & Associates.

The work will initially focus on the outbound baggage handling at Terminal 4’s North concourses and the terminal’s inbound system. The complete modernisation will then include T4 North (T4N), T4 International (T4I), T4 Recheck (T4R), T4 FIS (T4FIS), and T4 In-Bound 1 thru 7 (T4IB1-7).

Ben Bunge, Weitz’s Director of Aviation said:

The baggage handling equipment likely isn’t on the average traveler’s mind, but its purpose, efficiency, and reliability directly connect to the traveler’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. The Weitz team provides the depth of readily available resources, specialized 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 will modernise the 32-year-old baggage handling system using a phased design and implementation plan to allow for a smooth transition between the new and existing systems without impacting airport operations.

Building information modelling (BIM) technology will also be used to present the work in 3D, thus increasing cost certainty and project communication.

Procurement and design of the new BHS will take place from 2023 to 2024. Construction will then begin in 2024 and is expected to be completed in 2027.

Upon completion, the terminal’s baggage handling system will be more reliable, more energy efficient and less costly to operate.The new system will also be compliant with TSA Planning Guidelines & Design Standards Version 7.0


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