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Harry Reid International Airport Terminal 3

Unique airport design eases congestion and increases operational flexibility

Project Facts

Location Las Vegas, Nevada
Owner Clark County Department of Aviation
Size 2.1 million SF
Status Completed 2012
Capacity 14 Gates


The primary commercial airport serving the Las Vegas Valley, Harry Reid International Airport is the 8th busiest airport in the world measured by aircraft movements. It serves over 47 million passengers and moves 223 million tons of cargo per year. The facility functions as a stand-alone terminal comprised of 14 gates and is almost a half mile long. Due to the seismic volatility of the area and its length, the terminal building was divided into six segments using isolation joints.

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About the project

Due to unique occupancy and baggage demands, the design and engineering called for over 110 individual brace frames. Other numbers are impressive as well: there are over 10 miles of drilled piers, five miles of outbound baggage conveyors, three miles of inbound conveyors, 60 different types of wall framing, 11 pedestrian bridges, and over 817,000 square feet of terrazzo flooring.

The project included an underground air traffic service (ATS) station and tunnel to connect passengers from the new terminal to the existing 26 gates in Satellite D as well as a people mover system to connect to Concourse D. A new central plant was connected to the terminal using a quarter-mile long Utilidor tunnel.

Our secure design services included a threat assessment and damage estimate and design implementation of the structural hardening recommendations. Multiple threat levels were evaluated for considerations including size, location, and impact.

Construction began in 2006 and took six years to complete. Terminal 3 and the associated civil roadway projects cost $2.4 billion to build and is one of the largest public works projects ever completed in Nevada’s history.

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2009 ENR Southwest Contractor Best of Award - Civil and Public Works

2009 ENR Southwest Contractor Best of Award - Engineering Design

2013 AIA Design Merit Award