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Activation team keeps international terminal on task
By A.B. Snedeker

Construction of the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal and its 12-gate concourse is more than 70 percent complete, and the pace on the site is quickening in the final months before the scheduled spring 2012 opening.

There also is a flurry of activity behind the scenes. A team of Airport employees is working to ensure a smooth operational transition to the 1.2 million-square-foot facility.

“Construction is only part of the equation here. We have to really hit the mark on a smooth and successful operational opening,” Aviation General Manager Louis Miller said.

Hartsfield-Jackson leaders have been planning and preparing for the facility’s opening for more than a year. In February 2010, a core team was established to manage the activation process and ensure a seamless operational transition.

Leading the eight-member activation team is Balram Bheodari, Hartsfield-Jackson interim assistant general manager for Operations, Maintenance and Security.

Bheodari said that more than 20 stakeholder groups — including federal and state agencies, local governments, airlines, Airport tenants and construction managers — have direct roles in the activation of the international terminal. The team identified more than 1,700 tasks that must be completed to ensure a smooth opening in spring 2012.

“All stakeholder groups and end users need to be prepared for opening day and beyond,” Bheodari said. “The activation team’s responsibility is to ensure that no one is working in a silo as we approach the opening of the international terminal.”

Hartsfield-Jackson’s activation team is developing standard operating procedures (SOPs) and updating and integrating existing SOPs in five functional areas: training, terminal, airside, baggage and public awareness. Working groups are assigned to these areas, and each group is developing operational procedures related to its focus. The team then will test the SOPs and make any necessary refinements.

For a look at recent developments in construction of the international terminal, watch the video below.




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