Baggage Handling System
One of the key components of the Airport Improvement Program is the design and construction of an Automated Baggage Handling System (BHS) with an In-Line Explosive Detection System (EDS) for Terminal C and upgrades to the existing baggage handling systems in Terminals A and B. These projects will improve the efficiency of both passenger check-in and the federally mandated screening of checked baggage. Because of its unique specialized interconnecting systems, sophisticated controls and security features, the baggage handling system project was contracted separately from the Terminal C construction project. A design-build method of procurement was used, meaning that a single entity performed both design and construction of the project.
This project includes the design and construction of high speed automated baggage handling systems in Terminals A, B, and C as well as the implementation of high speed baggage diverters capable of operating at a minimum throughput rate of 60 bags per minute. These diverters replace previous Transportation Security Administration (TSA) explosive detection system equipment with newer technology. For improved baggage tracking, programmable logic controllers and networks were installed, along with a new PC-based touch screen system to provide additional monitoring of the ticket counter and curbside transport lines, and Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) to monitor portions of the conveyor lines.
Other enhancements to the existing baggage handling systems in Terminals A and B include replacing oversize outbound conveyors, and providing new security doors on curbside and oversize outbound conveyor lines.
Improvements to the existing baggage handling systems in Terminals A and B were completed in December 2009. The Terminal C baggage handling system installation began in Summer 2010, and is scheduled to be fully functional when Terminal C opens.
The baggage handling project is estimated to cost $16.5 million. The project is being funded through Passenger Facility Charge fees and reimbursement from commercial passenger carriers. In addition, TSA awarded approximately $8.8 million to support the new Terminal C baggage handling system.
Jervis B. Webb (www.jervisbwebb.com)
The Airport Improvement Program includes construction of a new South Remain-Over-Night (RON) aircraft parking area, a new multi-level Terminal C with six new commercial passenger gates, new security checkpoints, new commuter facilities as well as new Parking Structure C and a Central Utility Plant.
Last updated: November 2011