Delta Air Lines Terminal Improvements

Delta Air Lines Terminal Improvements

Location: Flushing, N.Y.

Client: Delta Air Lines

Burns & McDonnell was hired by Delta Air Lines to provide services under many contracts relating to the renovation of the Delta Terminal at LaGuardia International Airport, Flushing, N.Y. These included:

  • Master plan services
  • HVAC upgrades
  • Central plant renovation
  • HVAC controls replacement
  • Natural gas piping and gate heat improvements

Master Plan Services

As a subconsultant to Silvester Tafuro Design Inc., Burns & McDonnell provided mechanical and electrical services for Delta Air Lines’ master plan at LaGuardia.

HVAC Upgrades

Burns & McDonnell provided architectural and engineering design for several renovations at the Delta main terminal at LaGuardia. These projects included a detailed energy use study, which preceded a complete HVAC controls replacement project and a central plant heating and cooling upgrades project which saved the terminal approximately $425,000 annually.

In order to determine if the electrical distribution equipment was adequately sized to handle the future concessions and HVAC loads, a load study and metering effort was performed for the Delta terminal. People and equipment loads for the future concessions were analyzed based on the information from the LaGuardia Airport Tenant Handbook published by PB Aviation Inc. 

Central Plant Renovation

This project involved the installation of two 500-ton electric centrifugal chillers to replace two direct gas-fired absorption units. Electrical design support included new feeders for boilers, cooling towers and pumps. Controls were also installed on the project.

HVAC Controls Replacement

This project provided a complete retrofit of the HVAC controls for the air handling system and central heating and cooling plant in the facility. This included the installation of an energy management system and a direct digital control system which included an access computer with graphical interface that allowed the monitoring and controlling of all points in the control system from an off-site location. This project also involved the testing and replacement of the majority of the fire alarm and life safety components in the facility.

Natural Gas Piping and Gate Heat Improvements

This project included adding air curtain heaters to the jet bridges and the addition of infrared heaters to the outbound baggage areas.