By Nick Gilbert
Construction of a new Terminal 3 building at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, NV has been completed by Bechtel. $2.4 billion was spent on this 9-million-square foot terminal that will commence its operation on June 27. Passenger capacity of 53 million will be increased every year by this new terminal.
The latest aviation technology has been incorporated by the staff from McCarran and Bechtel into the design and planning of this new terminal. This new aviation technology will reduce waiting time of passengers, increase efficiency and allow airlines to share facilities depending on their operational time and increase the boarding speed at the new self-boarding gates.
The new Terminal 3 building will also have automated aircraft docking systems that will help pilots to align with a passenger loading bridge that needs only minimum support from the ramp staff. More than 1,100 LED screens and LCDs will be set up at the new terminal in order to facilitate passengers find their way through the dynamic signage displayed on the LED screens and the LCDs.
Aviation Director for Clark County, Randall H. Walker stated that the construction of Terminal 3 was the biggest expansion project to have taken place at McCarran. Walker also stated that this project has turned out to be a success because of Bechtel’s regular communications, problem-solving ability and in depth planning.