Jacksonville International Airport

Jacksonville International Airport serves the port city of Jacksonville, Florida. RS&H has provided professional services for Jacksonville International Airport for more than 30 years. This long-term relationship began with our team’s involvement in locating, planning, designing, and overseeing of the construction for a new 18-gate terminal building, two new runways, and all the ancillary facilities for a new 4,600-acre airport site.

The original award-winning terminal design has been expanded three times as the airport spread to 7,000 acres. RS&H-led improvements have culminated in the expansion of the terminal to 700,000 square feet, including reconstruction of the 35-year-old concourses to provide 30 modern gates. Recent projects include a fully integrated 100 percent checked baggage explosive detection system, a centralized security checkpoint expansion, two new 10-gate concourses, a daily garage with 2,400 spaces, modification of the existing garage to an hourly facility with a state-of-the-art space-finding system, a pedestrian walkway with powerwalks and escalators, landside improvements, and roadway expansion.

RS&H has created high-quality renderings for numerous projects so that the client, public, and other project stakeholders could better visualize design improvements. These visualizations aided in making final adjustments, including changing the final finishes and other design elements. The final renderings were also used as a public art display during construction, so the public could visualize what the airport would look like when completed.

The airport is also a showcase for art reflecting the culture and community spirit. Erin Burnett, host of CNN’s “Out Front,” said, “The Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)…I think might be America’s best Airport.”

Read the full article: CNN’s Erin Burnett Says Jacksonville International Airport is America’s Best

RS&H served as the lead architect/engineer for the design of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) pilot program for integrated baggage screening at Jacksonville International Airport. The system was the first Hold Baggage Screening and Handling System to include a fully integrated Explosive Detection System (EDS) for screening of all checked luggage. This system also included a sophisticated multiple air carrier sortation conveyor system that received all airline checked luggage either from the ticket counter or curbfront, merged the bags into a single EDS screening room, circulated the bags through the screening process, and then returned the bags to the respective carriers. The team also implemented a Radio Frequency Identification system (RFID) for the positive tracking of bags through the entire system.

The integrated baggage screening systems was honored by the Florida Department of Transportation as the project of the year in aviation. Later, as a part of a significant terminal expansion project, RS&H assisted the airport in increasing the system’s capacity by modifying the original design to include screening pods in each terminal wing.

Other security services at Jacksonville International Airport have included the design and construction administration for the airport’s centralized security checkpoint expansion. This project consolidated three passenger screening checkpoints into one central area and provided all the features and adequate space for the TSA’s operation. RS&H also performed a site assessment for airport’s security systems, designed and implemented a computer controlled access and CCTV system, and assisted the airport with the development of bid documents and securing the necessary federal grant funding. Additionally, RS&H performed a blast analysis that permitted the airport to re-occupy their parking facility with little disruption.

RS&H prepared design-build criteria documents for a three-story Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) administration office building of 67,500 to 70,000 square feet at Jacksonville International Airport. The documents included exterior concept drawings for the use of the selected design-build firm.

The work for this project included:

  • Prepared site plans illustrating building placement, parking, access road, connections to public service, site utilities, loading, landscaping, and site lighting
  • Prepared preliminary space plan
  • Prepared preliminary layout and design and final building and site plan, outlined specifications, and prepared estimate of probable construction costs
  • Bidding phase responsibilities included preparing and distributing criteria package, attending pre-bid conferences, and assisting JAA in evaluating proposals
  • Project management responsibilities included scheduling, resource allocation, monitoring, oversight, assembly, and coordination of documentation

Project Details

Description Aviation
Design-Build Owners
Electrical Engineering
Program Management
Location Jacksonville, FL
Client/Owner Jacksonville Aviation Authority
Awards 2013 Honor Award from the National Terrazzo Mosaic Association


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