Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Passenger Drop-off Canopies
The new canopies for the passenger drop off and curbside pick up areas of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will not only offer protection from the elements but also provide a dramatic entrance to the airport. The canopies are the first stage of an estimated $6 billion, 20-year expansion project of the world’s busiest airport.
The canopies themselves are comprised of structural steel pipe trusses connected by a structural steel pipe diagrid and will be covered with an ETFE membrane, also designed by Walter P Moore. Our construction engineering team designed temporary works and erection sequencing to provide stability during construction; developed a deshoring scheme to bring the structure into service at the end of steel erection; and verified the canopy structural steel members and connections for environmental loads experienced during construction.
One challenge faced by the team was the need to erect the new canopies above an existing baggage claim area that had to remain operational thorughout construction. The capacity of the existing structure limited the size and position of construction cranes as well as shore tower locations and bracing schemes. We analyzed available crane and shoring options and selected a combination which could be used to safely erect the new canopy while not overloading the existing structure.