Burns & McDonnell Designing Major Baggage Screening Project at Miami Airport
KANSAS CITY, MO has been named as prime consultant for a $160 million upgrade to baggage security facilities at the Central and South Terminals at Miami International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the United States and the world.
The firm is leading a team that will design a 70,000-square-foot baggage security screening facility at the Miami, Florida, airport, as well as upgrading and replacing baggage-handling equipment in the existing terminals to more efficiently feed the new screening facility. The project is expected to achieve Silver designation from the .
, Vice President of Aviation at Burns & McDonnell, said the contract is the latest chapter in a close relationship with the Miami airport that includes projects going back 50 years.
"This is the result of our overall aviation knowledge and relationships with our partners. We've worked at Miami International since the mid-1960s," Pilney said. "While we're working with other firms, Burns & McDonnell is responsible for the whole thing, including integration of the equipment with minimum impact to the current operation."
Other firms on the team include , , , , , , , and . Design work is currently underway on the baggage-handling project, and construction is expected to begin within 12 months. The facility is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2018.
The Miami airport is considered a significant achievement for Burns & McDonnell in terms of designing baggage facilities at larger airports. Miami International is the 10th busiest airport in the United States, serving 40.9 million passengers in 2014, according to its website. It ranked second in terms of international passengers. About 500 employee-owners at Burns & McDonnell perform aviation-related work.