In 1996, Continental Airlines’ growth projections indicated a need to expand its Houston hub operations at George Bush Intercontinental Airport from the existing Terminal C to another terminal.
We provided a full line of project management and construction management services for this ambitious expansion program. Our services included: The preparation of project budgets, financial planning, cost estimating, cash flow projections, value engineering, design and construction, scheduling, coordination of long lead time items and Continental direct procurements, management of the bid process, negotiation of construction contracts, permit acquisition, safety planning, construction oversight, change order processing, monthly reporting, other construction administration duties.
Continental negotiated a special facilities lease with the City of Houston to take over the 20 existing gates in Terminal B. To complete the expansion, Continental contracted Faithful+Gould to manage the relocation to Terminal A of the airlines then leasing space in Terminal B, and for the complete buildout of Continental’s desired facilities in Terminal B. The self-contained Terminal B operation includes ticketing, baggage handling facilities, airline ticket offices, a Continental Presidents' Club and other facilities typical of terminal operations. In order to facilitate Continental’s split operations between Terminals B and C, however, a secure airside connection in the form of an above-ground people mover was built for passengers needing to connect between terminals. As a result of our managed Terminal B expansion program, Continental was able to increase its Houston operations from an average 425 flights a day to 650.