Terminal Planning/Programming

Location: Denver

Client: Denver International Airport

Burns & McDonnell provided terminal planning and programming services to the architectural team responsible for the design of the terminal complex at Denver International Airport. We also provided mechanical, electrical and structural engineering design standards for all buildings at the new airport, the mechanical and electrical preliminary designs for the terminal complex, and the central plant facility.

The firm was responsible for design and construction observation for a 400-hertz ground power system to serve parked aircraft at each of the 88 gates, with the ability to be expanded to serve the ultimate configuration of 150 gates. In order to design the best system, a concept design report was prepared to study various 400-hertz system alternatives.

Burns & McDonnell also was responsible for the design and construction observation of passenger loading bridges. The project included developing an aircraft fleet mix used to plan aircraft parking layouts around the concourses. Three-tunnel apron-drive bridges were used to provide maximum flexibility. Additional fixed walkways were added to meet airline operational considerations. All new fixed walkways and loading bridges comply with NFPA 417 – “Standards of Aircraft Boarding Walkways.”