Phoenix Sky Harbor Int’l Airport, Terminal 4 South Apron ASR Reconstruction

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2016 Diamond Level Partnered Project of the Year Award – Horizontal Project Under $25M

  • (Owner)  City of Phoenix Aviation Department
  • (Prime/Stakeholder)  J. Banicki Construction, Inc.
  • (Designer)  AECOM
  • (Facilitator) Productivity Through People,   Inc.
  • (Subcontractor/Stakeholder) Drake Materials
  • (Subcontractor/Stakeholder) RGG United Contractors, Inc.
  • (Additional Stakeholders) City of Phoenix Aviation Department, CH2M Hill, Southwest Airlines, Western Technologies Inc., Kear Civil Corp, and PSHIA tenants, passengers.

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Project Information

Mike Abraham, President, Banicki Construction, Inc.
James Mathews, Project Manager, Banicki Construction, Inc.
Hal Emery, Project Manager, CH2M Hill

Original Project Budget: $14.6M
Final Project Budget: $14.1M

Planned number of Work Days: 563
Actual number of Work Days: 508

DRB/Claims: None

Change Orders: None

OSHA Recordables: None

Estimated Savings due to Partnering Program: $2.5M

Project Details:

This reconstruction project addressed the effects of ASR (Alkali-Silica reaction) at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Partnering enabled the team to establish best practices which can benefit future projects of the same nature. To avoid interfering with ongoing operations of Southwest Airlines, while still meeting deadlines and environmental quality standards, the team made communication and innovation their priorities. Specifically, it developed a standardized approach for utilizing concrete dust collecting that would reduce environmental impact.

By working together with RGG United Contractors Inc., the team also was able to modify a Terex 6500 Bid-Well machine to suit the needs of the project—a move which not only maximized productivity but also reduced their CO2 emissions by 112,687 lbs. In the end, the project was completed fifty-five days ahead of schedule.


Hal Emery, James Matthews, and RGG worked together to resolve an issue that had been elevated to "Level III." The issue was based on a misinterpretation of how to demolish concrete panels with trench drain tie-in locations while at the same time keeping the storm drain manholes and collars intact.  Thanks to the efficient structure of their issue resolution ladder, they quickly determined a solution that met design specifications.