Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Problems. Topic S08-01. Airport Terminal Facility Activation Techniques

Billions of Federal, State, and local dollars flow into planning, design, and construction of new and reconditioned airport facilities in order to efficiently accommodate passenger and cargo. One of the most critical steps in every project is activation, which includes planning, preparing, and coordinating airport operator activities to ready the new facility for immediate and full operation. Activation is the process that works out the bugs in the facility and systems before occupancy and use. There have been a number of well-publicized challenges (e.g., baggage handling system malfunctions, toll boths and automatic vehicle identification systems not positioned for optimal efficiency) that were uncovered during the activation process of facility commissioning and fixed before occupancy, or uncovered during initial occupancy because the facility activation process was not robust. Activation provides structure to a very complex set of processes that addresses the operational, as well as the physical attributes of the new or reconditioned facility and the continued services that personnel provide to and from the facility. Activation considers the upstream and downstream adjacent activities as well as the activities that the new facility was planned, designed and constructed to support. Maximum value to airport organizations and airport users results from these activation activities beginning months prior to the occupancy and use of a building, space, utility, or roadway opening. Facility activation steps are straightforward but often overlooked by many airports. In many cases, activation can uncover additional information on the total cost of ownership. A synthesis of the steps frequently included in the most successful international and domestic activations can offer significant benefit to airport operators and their program managers that may not have considered them. The target audience for this synthesis of airport practice includes airport executives, program managers, planners, designers, construction managers, and facility operators that are responsible for delivering airport facilities. The synthesis will include a literature review and survey of airport program and facility managers, including designers, operators, maintenance and safety managers that have recently commissioned, opened or remodeled a facility or infrastructure element in order to identify steps undertaken for successful activations. Facilities considered include physical landside and airside facilities such as buildings, parking structures, rental car facilities, roadways, utilities, runways, taxiways and ramps, and other industries (i.e., transit, hotel, military).


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Start Date: 20090501
  • Actual Completion Date: 20100630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 20286

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  • Accession Number: 01462357
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:02PM