Hewanorra International Airport was experiencing the demands of the travel and tourism industry and was no longer adequately supporting the industry's changing dynamics. Heery was selected to develop a master plan and design the new terminal building. The Heery team explored ways to save and expand the current terminal building but due to the larger aircraft trend prevalent in the airline industry, it was determined to design and construct a new terminal in front of the existing one.
The new master plan for the airport also included the expansion of the existing cargo operations by relocating the cargo facilities to operate from an unused runway. Cargo facilities for six hangers and apron parking for four wide-body aircraft are provided in the initial phase. The improvements include expansion of the ramp and physical plant to include additional aircraft parking positions, a hangar and service facility and a new FBO terminal building. As part of the overall renovation project, Heery designed a new, nine-story modern control tower that also houses training rooms, conference rooms, restrooms, an employee lounge, and other support areas. Heery performed construction phasing of the new terminal building to minimize disruption of ongoing airport operations.
Key components of this master plan include the following:
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Landside and airside improvements