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Dubbed project TRIP (Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program), the DFW overhaul was and still is nothing short of massive. According to the airport’s website, efforts to “redefine” Dallas-Fort Worth and “rediscover world class” travel began in 2010, and their efforts and continued through 2017.
Renovating a major U.S. airport is no small feat, especially when updates span across four separate terminals and total an estimated $2.3 billion in renewal and improvement costs. When Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) decided to undertake such a project, they enlisted the help of two joint ventures, eight construction management firms, and nearly 250 subcontractors.
Shipping containers repurposed into onsite storage containers were a natural fit for a construction project so focused on smart, innovative components. Sustainable materials, energy-saving utilities, and electronic document control make TRIP a seven-year case study in responsible reconstruction.
“MBJ3 was asked to acquire additional space at DFW airport for general storage, spare parts, and building materials for the Terminal E Satellite Building,” explained Travis Porter, project coordinator for MBJ3, the joint venture tasked with overseeing renovations for Terminals B and E. He outlined why modified shipping containers were an obvious choice.
“Security, portability, and protection from the weather are all conducive to construction site operations,” Porter explained. “In this case, shipping container modifications to meet special circumstances were also essential to our job site operations.”
The modified shipping containers were originally purchased for use on a completed, now active, part of the terminal. Coordinators aren’t sure where the shipping containers will go next, but the airport will use them indefinitely as support structures for other operations challenges.
“Falcon’s ability to modify and deliver 10 containers by our selected deadline helped to maintain various aspects of a much larger project schedule,” emphasized Porter.
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