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Philadelphia Intl Airport Expansion | Terminal D, E, F Expansion

Gilbane delivers new modern and efficient terminals to Philadelphia International Airport to enhance its travelers’ experience.

Gilbane was selected to provide construction management services for the Philadelphia International Airport Terminal D-E Expansion Project that included an addition of 400,000 SF and renovations to the existing facility.  The objective of new 210,000 Square Foot, four-story connector building between Terminals D and E focused on four areas:

  • Create a continuous secure airside connection between all gates between the International Terminal and Terminal E preventing ticketed passengers from passing through security more than once.
  •  Maximize capacity and optimize TSA personnel at passenger screening checkpoint with a centralized DOA administration area. Removal of temporary x-ray equipment located in ticketing lobbies to larger facilities in back-of-house and to create ticketing lobbies for additional passenger queuing area.
  •  Institute a new in-line EDS baggage screening system with ten x-ray machines, a new security screening area featuring a 14-lane passenger security checkpoint, public circulation on both landside and airside, centralized DOA offices, airport concessions, and a relaxing airline club.
  •  Execute critical boiler and chiller upgrades in the existing satellite thermal plant and to the existing MEP systems and BAS (Building Automation Systems) controls throughout Terminals D and E.

Gilbane also provided construction management services for the Terminal F single-level hub-airline commuter facility expansion. This compound is equipped with 38 commuter gates; 24 of which accommodate a new generation of aircrafts. A new terminal space, passenger movement areas and baggage systems were also added.   Terminal F now features a new, enclosed pedestrian connector bridge to Terminal E to enable circulation between Terminal F and the adjoining terminal complex and the “E” Parking Garage.


Gilbane provided conceptual cost estimates, schedule and phasing analysis and construction feasibility input for the schemes developed. The results of this collective effort was an ingenious solution, which satisfied the primary objectives and provided the opportunity for the DOA centralize their offices, which had been a long term goal to enable them to function more efficiently as an organization.