The 225,000 square-foot Terminal B has eight gates and four levels: arrivals, departures, mezzanine, and service. It is a concrete structure with a structural metal roof. Exterior features include curtain wall, metal wall panels, stone veneer, and a thermo-plastic roof. Inside, air travelers are welcomed by art terrazzo floors, metal ceilings, and interior glass separation walls. American Airlines and Continental Airlines share the terminal's gates.
The Terminal B project site is located in between two other active terminals and a roadway project. Construction access was limited to just one side of the project - the secured tarmac of the airport - and the Clark/Byrne team had to install retaining walls on the other three sides. In order to get project workers from the parking lot to the job site, the team developed a site-specific airport security plan and access control procedures, approved by Transportation Security Administration, to allow secured travel through the airport operations area.
The project team expanded SAIA's existing baggage handling facility by 13,000 square feet and installed a new baggage handling system with five screening machines, five outbound make-up units, and two curbside bag check conveyors. The expansion allowed the TSA to relocate their screening process to a centralized, fully-automated baggage screening area, freeing up space in the airport's lobby.
The new 6,000 square-foot central utility plant houses three 1,400 ton chillers, three 4,200 gpm three-cell cooling towers, six 2,800 gpm chilled water pumps, and three tertiary 4,200 gpm chilled water pumps. The plant also houses SAIA's building automation system.
About Clark Construction:
Clark/Byrne, A Joint Venture is comprised of Clark Construction Group - Texas, LP and Thos. S. Byrne of Fort Worth, the largest Hispanic-owned contractor in Texas. Brian Smith Construction Inspection of Houston provided personnel to support the joint venture.
About Clark's Partners:
Clark/Byrne, in collaboration with the City of San Antonio’s Capital Improvement Management Services department and Jacobs, managed the project’s construction. Parsons+Corgan, a joint venture of Parsons Corporation of San Antonio and Corgan Associates of Dallas, was the project designer.