Juan Santamaria International Airport

AERIS, S.A. was awarded a 25-year concession contract to operate the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. As part of the concession agreement, AERIS was required to invest in facilities and infrastructure to improve the airfield and expand the international and domestic passenger processing capabilities of the main international gateway to Costa Rica. As experts in airport consulting, RS&H was retained by AERIS to provide on-call architecture, planning and engineering services in support of the capital development program. Projects performed for AERIS include the following:

  • Terminal Area Concept Plan Development – RS&H developed conceptual and schematic design drawings for multiple projects, including the East and West expansions to the passenger terminal building, new Domestic passenger terminal and apron, new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) building, and new Runway End Safety Area (RESA).
  • Terminal Expansion Final Engineering Documents – RS&H developed, in conjunction with local architecture and engineering subconsultants, final construction documents for the East expansion to the existing passenger terminal building, related apron, and new commercial building.
  • Terminal Area Life Safety Analysis RS&H prepared a comprehensive life-safety analysis of the existing passenger terminal facility and developed recommendations and action plans for transition to NFPA and IBC based standards.
  • Terminal Area Security and Access Control Master Plan – RS&H performed a comprehensive security and access control analysis of the terminal facility and developed a upgrade and modifications master plan.
  • New Airport Operations Control and Command Center (AOCC) – RS&H developed a technology and systems construction document package for a new, consolidated AOCC and Emergency Operation Center (EOC).
  • Airport Electrical Master Plan – RS&H performed a detailed analysis of current airport energy consumption and developed alternatives to reduce overall usage. In conjunction, a comprehensive electrical master plan for the airport was developed to accommodate anticipated future growth.
  • Value engineering analysis of a proposed partial parallel taxiway for the only commercial runway – RS&H evaluated exit taxiway locations and geometry to achieve maximum flexibility for aircraft operations, pavement section options to achieve the required strength based on the design aircraft at the lowest possible cost, and grading options to ensure compliance with ICAO standards.
  • Assisting AERIS in complying with the terms of their concession agreement with the government by performing on-site investigations, code compliance reviews and dispute resolution services.

Project Details

Description Aviation
Location San Jose, Costa Rica
Client AERIS, S.A.
Owner Government of Costa Rica


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