Cleveland Construction, Inc. was the general contractor for the exterior façade and ticket lobby rehabilitation at Cleveland Hopkins International (CLE) Airport located in Cleveland, Ohio. The project goals were to enhance the passenger experience and improve the ticketing hall’s operational performance.
The project was completed in two phases. Phase 1 involved working on the northern exterior and southern interior of the airport. Phase 1 lasted 31 weeks and was completed in mid-December 2015. Phase 2 involved focusing on the airport’s southern exterior and northern interior. Phase two’s construction duration was 24 weeks and was completed May 31, 2016.
The exterior façade improvements began with the demolition of the existing façade and canopy enclosures followed by installation of a new 600-lineal-feet metal panel clad canopy structure. Skylights were embedded in the canopy that extends about 12 feet farther than the previous façade to shelter departure level passengers.
The Ticketing Hall improvements included 30,000 square-feet of interior improvements to ticketing level including Security Checkpoint ‘B’ upgrades, and renovations airline ticket counters. The previous 8 electronic sliding glass entrance doors were replaced with 6, three-sleeved revolving doors to greatly reduce temperature fluctuations in the ticketing area. Other improvements to the ticketing hall include the addition of a large glass curtain wall to provide daytime light in the ticking hall, interior lighting was replaced with sensor-controlled LED lighting to improve energy usage, the ceiling was raised by 4 feet and the old drywall was replaced with a linear metal ceiling to reduce long-term maintenance and give a modern look. Also, a new HVAC fire suppression and fire alarm system were installed for code compliance and public safety.
Security Checkpoint 'B' scope of work included the demolition of existing public restrooms and stair approach from ticketing to the Security Checkpoint; construction of a new public restroom at the Ticketing Level; construction of a ramp and stair approach from Ticketing to the Security Checkpoint.
In the Lower-Level Baggage Area, improvements included; new LED lighting, Aesthetically pleasing column wraps, aluminum composite paneled ceilings, a metal curtain wall system, and 14 newer-technology, sliding-glass exit doors were installed in the area’s seven vestibules.
Performing demolition and renovation work within an occupied facility that has an extremely high volume of public vehicular and foot traffic presented a unique challenge that requires extensive daily planning and coordination with subcontractors and airport management to work safety and protect the public and facility personnel from any potential dangers associated with this work. The result of our team's phasing plan and scheduling resulted in completing the project 3-weeks earlier than anticipated.