PHL Philadelphia International Airport

The Project:

PHL’s terrazzo flooring is one of the first things passengers set foot upon when entering the airport complex. Flooring that is smooth and polished, without seams or unevenness, ensures passenger safety and is important to the overall customer experience at PHL. However, the terrazzo flooring in areas throughout PHL was aging and in need of repair or replacement.

The terrazzo flooring rehabilitation project focused on repairing deficiencies in the existing flooring throughout all PHL terminal concourse areas, ticketing lobbies, and baggage claims. In addition, the project included expansion joint replacement throughout Terminal A-East and the Terminal A/B Link, after it was determined that existing expansion joints were aging and had potential to cause safety issues if left unchecked.

The Work:

The project kicked off in April of 2018, and the upgrade was completed in March 2019. The project was broken into four phases; the first three phases targeted the terrazzo repairs thought the terminals, starting in Terminal F and continuing toward Terminal A-West. The fourth phase included the expansion joint replacement work. At the start of phase four, it was determined that the expansion joint installation would require additional concrete demolition and prep work to install the selected steel expansion joint systems. Today, this work is completed and all expansion joints are installed and all barricades have been removed. This is just one of the 130 projects included in the portfolio of rehabilitation and renovation projects that the Capital Development Group (CDG) plans, coordinates, budgets, and supervises.

The Result:

The terrazzo repairs have improved the overall aesthetic and function of the airport flooring throughout the terminals, and have replaced the aging and damaged expansion joints with new, stronger steel expansion joint systems. Pedestrians and passengers who travel through the complex with rolling bags and motorized carts, particularly through Terminal A-East and the Terminal A/B Link, will now enjoy a smoother experience.

The Capital Development Group Team:
  • Vincent Adamo – City of Philadelphia Design and Construction Project Manager
  • Keith Blackwell – Construction Projects Technician 3
The Contractors:
  • Prime Contractor – D.J. Keating
  • Terrazzo subcontractor – Roman Mosaic
  • Concrete demolition subcontractor – Chesco
  • Expansion joint subcontractor – MM Systems
  • Electrical subcontractor – Armor Electric