MLIT Sterile Corridor Steel Erection Plan Moving Extremely Well

International Terminal Project Continues to Cross Milestones, Make Great Strides

May 26, 2022

The IAH Terminal Redevelopment Program continues to progress through additional milestones in the construction phase.

The Mickey Leland International Terminal Project (MLIT) includes the erection of a new sterile corridor connecting the D West Pier (currently under construction) to the existing Terminal D (at the “Shamu” area, south of Gate D4), in order to funnel passengers to the current Federal Inspection Services location.

This walkway is comprised of 11 steel trusses that are being assembled, transported, and erected. The erection started the night of May 8 with weekly night operations from Sunday night through Thursday morning, for 10-hour shifts between 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The video above captures the complex process of transporting one of these trusses to the construction site and hoisting it into position.

Austin Gilbane Joint Venture (AGJV) is coordinating all aspects of this operation with the Project Management Team (PMT), Airport Operations, and various stakeholders.

The project includes small nightly crews working to complete steel detailing, welding, and decking at installed trusses and there have been no major closures. Safety has been paramount and there have been no difficulties, according to Mark Potadle, ITRP Director of Design, Construction, and Project Management and a member of ITRP’s Executive Program Manager team.

A spotter has been present at the Apron level to coordinate any ground traffic below the work area and firewatch has been provided during welding activities. Prominent signage has been displayed at offices, corridors, access doors at all levels throughout the duration of the project.

Potadle said the project is set to conclude in early June, avoiding any weather issues that could delay the work.

We will continue to share more information about milestones within the scope of construction of the new international terminal through the ITRP.