Terminal demolition sheds light on Phoenix’s vibrant history with public art
Built in 1962, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) Terminal 2 (T2) had surpassed its expected operating life and was no longer meeting modern needs. As a symbol of Phoenix’s growth and change, as well as commitment to history and culture, we embarked on terminal demolition, apron reconstruction, and mural relocation to help with PHX’s evolution.
We provided professional services to take T2 offline including site civil and utility engineering to disconnect the building from active airport utilities, demolition coordination, and adjacent apron reconstruction. Our services also included retrofitting the Rental Car Center escalator hall to house “The Phoenix,” T2’s iconic Paul Coze mural and the City’s first piece of art commissioned through a public process. Planning for the future was key for this project as we not only accommodated the mural structurally but helped create a public art experience. Finally, during construction, we provided oversight and enhanced airport sustainability by adding Level 1 electric vehicle chargers to the T2 employee parking lot.
The enhancements to the airfield and opportunity to celebrate Phoenix's public art history stand as a point of pride for the airport.
At a Glance
- City of Phoenix Aviation Department
- Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.
- American Public Works Association – Arizona Chapter, Project of the Year: Structures ($25-75M)
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