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Austin-Gilbane Celebrates 1 Million Safe Manhours

HOUSTON, TX — Over 300 people attended an event celebrating 1 million manhours without a lost time injury on the Mickey Leland International Terminal project at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Employees from Austin-Gilbane Joint Venture, Houston Airports, Fentress Architects, and all subcontractors shared a meal before participating in a raffle. The project team held two celebrations, one at noon and the other at midnight, to include both the day and night shift operations and workers that have been involved in accomplishing this significant milestone.

“This celebration is a testament to the safe work practices of over 350 trade contractors on a daily basis,” said Brad Bertrand, Project Manager at Gilbane Building Company. “While we are proud of building a modern airport for the City of Houston, we are more proud to say that we send our workers home safe every day. We could not do it without them.”

As part of an ongoing project, Gilbane Building Company and their joint venture partner, Austin Commercial, are giving one of the busiest airports in the United States a major expansion and refurbishment to maintain its momentum as an international hub.

The project is a part of the Houston Airport System’s (HAS) International Terminal Redevelopment Program (ITRP), which is the largest capital improvement program undertaken in the history of HAS. The scope of the project includes a new pier to accommodate six wide-body international airplanes coupled with a new sterile corridor to funnel passengers to the Federal Inspection Services Facility, which is part of the overall ITRP undertaking. This new D West Pier and concourse will include modern finishes, expansive ceilings, an exterior curtainwall/glass wall feature, expanded concessions, and other support facilities.

The project also includes a refurbishment of the existing Terminal D departure areas inclusive of mechanical, electrical, and life safety systems and a new interior aesthetic upgrade to the associated gates and seating areas for passengers. The project commenced in 2020 with the demolition of the C North concourse (built in 1980) and will be completed for passenger use in early 2024.

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