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MAC: Operational Improvements

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Since 2015, Michaud Cooley Erickson (MCE) has partnered alongside the Metropolitan Airport Commission (MAC) and Alliiance architects on an over half billion Operational Improvements program of Terminal 1. This has been a multi-stage, multi-year program, focused on updating the arrivals and departures levels to ensure the terminal is operational 24/7 at MSP International. Consisting of updates to infrastructure, circulation, aesthetics, and technology.

In addition to the architectural and structural modifications, updating the appearance and experience of the spaces, numerous infrastructure upgrades were made as well. The initiative will replace 25 air handling units by the end of the program. These mechanical systems, original to the terminal (nearly 60 years old), have been redesigned by MCE. One of the critical pieces in this process was replacement while working around other existing infrastructure in order to keep systems operational.

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The program will build 14 new electrical rooms through the completion of the initiative. MCE coordinated with the other design consultants to develop a more robust and redundant power distribution, constructing medium voltage duct banks under the floor. Five medium voltage splice rooms have been constructed to facilitate above-grade distribution to the main electrical rooms. MCE has been a key partner working with the MAC IT group on designing and optimizing telecommunication rooms, utilizing the latest technology for redundancy and up-time, while updating areas for improved user experience (such as the Flight Information Display System).

Aviation Principal Kerry Cooley Bruggeman notes, “This program is a unique opportunity to improve the whole facility from the ground up, doing it the right way for the long-term success of the terminal. We have had the opportunity to make major upgrades to the electrical, mechanical, fire protection, and never to forget restrooms, for most of the main terminal at MSP.”

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MCE continues to deploy the expertise to work through the phasing, design, and coordination of temporary conditions over the course of a 20-phase, 10-year ongoing program. Coordinating with all stakeholders, including MAC, airlines, and tenants. MCE strives to keep all systems running and the terminal as efficient as possible. Helping MSP accomplish their vision:

“Providing your best airport experience.”

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