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Designing a project as large as the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal is no small feat. With thousands of moving parts and more than 1.2 million square feet of floor space, it requires many companies and professionals with widely varied experience and skills.

The international terminal building, Concourse F, the automated people mover tunnel extension and the international hourly parking structure were designed by Atlanta Gateway Designers (AGD), a joint venture between Gresham, Smith & Partners of Atlanta and Duckett Design Group of East Point, Ga.

The international Park-Ride parking structure, the commercial vehicle hold lot and the elevated roadway system were designed by Atlanta-based Ascend, a joint venture of Atkins, Prime Engineering Inc., Delon Hampton & Associates and Street Smarts.

Atlanta-based AIS — a joint venture of Pond & Co., LPA Group Inc. and Long Engineering — designed the ground-level roadway system, apron paving project, apron lighting and fuel systems.

The interstate signage project was designed by Hartsfield-Jackson Transportation Group, a joint venture of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Edwards and Kelcey Inc. and BenchMark Management, LLC.


Building the international terminal complex also requires the expertise of varied companies and professionals to bring the designs to life. Concrete, steel, glass, plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling are among the skilled trades needed to complete the facility. During the peak of construction, more than 1,300 workers were on site daily.

Holder, Manhattan, C.D. Moody, Hunt, a joint venture, is responsible for most of the overall construction management for the international terminal complex.

Georgia-based C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. is responsible for the construction and installation of the international terminal’s interstate signage.

The Plane Train (automated people mover) extension

To continue efficient passenger flow and connectivity, the existing automated people mover needed to be extended from Concourse E to the new international terminal and expanded with 10 additional people mover vehicles.

Bombardier Transportation Holdings (USA) Inc. provided the automated people mover system for the existing Airport complex and was selected to design, construct and provide the new people mover vehicles for the extension to the international terminal.

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