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ENR Southwest Distinguishes PHX Sky Train® Stage 1A in 2014 Best Projects Awards

PHX Sky Train® new Terminal 3 Station exterior - Gannett Fleming

Upon completion, Phase 1A will provide PHX Sky Train® access to the new Terminal 3 Station. Photo courtesy of the City of Phoenix Aviation Department.

(Phoenix, Ariz.)

ENR Southwest magazine named the PHX Sky Train® Stage 1A project as the Best Project in the Airports/Transit Category in its 2014 Best Projects awards competition.

Located at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona, the PHX Sky Train® went into service in early 2013, linking the Phoenix region’s 44th Street Valley Metro light rail station with the airport’s economy parking area and Terminal 4. Phase 1A adds a .7-mile section of guideway and a single station serving Terminal 3, with a walkway to Terminal 2, meaning all airport terminals will be served by the automated train.

The driverless automated PHX Sky Train® operates 24-hours a day, arriving at stations every 3 minutes during peak periods, and delivering passengers to their destinations within 5 minutes of boarding. Running seamlessly through the airport’s 3,000 acres of landlocked airfields, terminals, and roadways, Phase 1A takes the automated guideway west of Terminal 4, under two active taxiways and then over Terminal 3 South Concourse to the new Terminal 3 station. At the completion of Phase 1A in 2015, all inter-terminal connection buses will be eliminated, providing further roadway and curbside congestion relief.

One of the 10 busiest airports in the world, PHX serves more than 100,000 passengers daily and is the largest economic engine in the state of Arizona. “Stage 1A will continue to transform ground transportation at PHX, building on a world-class level of service and convenience for passengers,” said Mark Pilwallis, PE, senior project manager for Gannett Fleming based in the firm's Phoenix office.

The project team accepted the award during the Best Projects Awards lunch on Nov. 14, 2014, in Phoenix at the Downtown Renaissance Hotel. ENR Southwest’s annual Best Projects competition recognizes construction and design excellence from Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico.

For Stage 1A, Gannett Fleming served as the lead design firm. McCarthy Kiewit Joint Venture, a joint venture of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., and Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., served as general contractor and construction manager. Kimley-Horn & Associates served as civil engineer; Dinter Engineering provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering services; and SmithGroupJJR provided architectural services.

PHX Sky Train® new Terminal 3 Station interior - Gannett Fleming
New Terminal 3 Station interior. Photo courtesy of the City of Phoenix Aviation Department.

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