Dulles Airport Terminal Renovation
Washington Dulles International Airport - Sterling, VA
When Washington Dulles Int'l Airport opened in 1962, it was the first U.S airport for commercial jet aircrafts. The 10,000 acre site was selected by President Eisenhower in 1958 as existing open farmland by virtue of providing adequate space for arrival and departure of flights. The immense site would allow enough "buffer" from commercial activity of downtown Washington DC by locating the airport in the Virginia countryside.
The airport was master planned to minimize traffic flow. From the original 52,856 passengers in 1962 to the current 20 million passengers annually. The arrangement of material and people flow has resulted in a streamlined operation. Renovation of both the ticket and baggage claim levels of the original terminal is currently underway. This project has the most impact on passengers. This is because the Airport Authority is providing more efficient ticketing and baggage claim facilities. Ticket counter kiosks and baggage claim devices will be upgraded all of which will match the facilities in the east and west extensions of the building.
Construction of a new below-grade southeast baggage basement will support the expanded terminal baggage systems with a 97,000 square foot facility that will be linked to the Terminal via a tunnel. Construction of a new two-level east baggage basement and a 40,000 square foot facility, will provide additional baggage handling space for the additional baggage carousels. It also provides space for future facilities once the existing temporary building is demolished.