McCarran International Airport Terminal 3


Clark County Department of Aviation


Size: 2,145,000 SF

Gates: 14

Architect: PGAL

McCarran International Airport Terminal 3

Las Vegas

McCarran International Airport is the primary commercial airport serving the Las Vegas Valley. It is the 8th busiest airport in the world measured by aircraft movements, serving over 47 million passengers and moving 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. Together with the unique occupancy and baggage demands of an airport, this resulted in the need for over 110 individual braces frames. The other numbers are impressive as well; there were 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, over 817,000 square feet of terrazzo flooring, etc., etc.

The project also included an underground ATS Station integral with the Terminal 3 structure and an ATS Tunnel to connect passengers from the new Terminal 3 to the existing 26 gates in Satellite D and a people mover system connects it to Concourse D. A new central plant was connected to the terminal using a quarter-mile long Utilidor tunnel.

Walter P Moore’s secure design services include 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.