City of Phoenix

Terminal 3 Modernization

Keeping a desert airport terminal open during renovations.

This $590 million modernization project included the complete renovation of a high-traffic 1979 terminal into light-filled public space with multiple atria and new great hall, visually integrating with the Sonoran Desert site. To facilitate the complex sequencing of phased construction, AEI’s design established advance installation of the first air handler, allowing the 42 million passenger terminal (annual) to remain operational throughout.


Phoenix, AZ


  • Gensler - Architect of Record

"With so much open glass, most of the time lights won’t be on and that’s a huge energy savings.” - Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton

AEI provided CFD modeling. Targeting LEED Silver performance, the facility's new mechanical system is designed to accommodate high swings in occupancy. With ductwork concealed or removed from the open passenger level, four air handlers equipped with energy recovery are located to the roof area. Renovation expanded passenger volume to 58 million annually.

daily passengers during renovation
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