DFW Terminal A – Case Study

On February 24, 2011, DFW International Airport began a seven-year Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP). The program will remodel the Airport’s legacy Terminals – A, B, C and E.

The goal for TRIP is to improve the overall travel experience for DFW passengers by enhancing concessions, expanding security check-points, reconfiguring ticket counters and improving parking.

Client Description:
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the eighth busiest airport in the world in moving passengers, and the second largest airport in the United States in land area.  As a vital part of the infrastructure of North Texas, recent plans for improvements benchmark the strong economic growth in the region.

 In 2011, DFW International Airport started a seven-year Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP). The program remodels the Airport’s legacy Terminals – A, B, C and E.  The goal for TRIP is to improve the overall travel experience for DFW passengers by enhancing concessions, expanding security check-points, reconfiguring ticket counters and improving parking. Being green is also important to DFW, so nearly 70% of the improvements taking place in the Terminals are related to improving their mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Once TRIP is complete, the Terminals will have better internet access, more spots to charge electronic devices, a modern interior, and substantial improvements in energy efficiency and environmental impact.

Project:
As an existing structure, Terminal A represented an engineering challenge of space restrictions.  Air Handling Units (AHU’s) had to be broken down, transported, and re-assembled, as did the primary motor, without inconveniencing passengers.  Maintaining the factory quality of the engineered pieces and the connections while solving the transportation issues inside the terminal was a primary concern.  For the AHU’s, Temtrol units were selected as the Basis of Design based in part on the experience of Temtrol products in Terminal D.

Technical Solution:
The Temtrol system components included air handling units and the technically sophisticated FANWALL® technology.  The manufacturing specifications of the air handling units required that they be broken down to move them through the terminal and into place prior to reassembly.  The FANWALL® created a greater efficiency for these units, but also allowed the stacking of smaller fans in lieu of one large fan, thus reducing unit installation time and costs.  FANWALL® also provides an important scaling function where only portions of the wall have to run during pleasant temperatures, saving energy and reducing the impact on the environment.

Video of Temtrol AHU – Assembled in 2 days.
Kahn Mechanical Employees shown installing a 25,000 CFM air handling unit in 2 days as part of the DFW Airport Terminal Renewal Project. – Video by Jonah Kahn