MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - North Terminal Development

With more than 320,000 flights annually, Miami International Airport (MIA) made the decision to implement upgrades and expansions to meet the needs of passengers. Heery was selected to manage a program intended to develop and expand its concourses A, B, C and D - the North Terminal Development Project (NTDP). The massive project involved changing the “finger” type concourse configuration of the 1950s with a more efficient linear terminal totaling 1.3 miles.

Heery served as a key contributor to this $3.1 billion program from its inception in 1997. Initially, Heery was an integral part of the master architect team that developed the conceptual design for the terminal and airside expansion program, and later Heery developed the master design for the 3.6 million SF expansion of the North Terminal complex. In 2006, the Firm was again brought in by the client to take over the role of program manager.

As the Program Manager for the North Terminal Development Project, Heery oversaw the incorporation of “swing” gates so that all gates can serve both domestic and international flights. Serving over 45 million passengers a year, the airport predicts the NTDP will meet or exceed their needs until 2030. Twenty security screening lanes in four new security checkpoints compliant with the latest Department of Homeland Security requirements were implemented as well as a new Baggage Handling System totaling 14 miles in total conveyor length, capable of processing 6,400 bags per hour.

Additional components of the project include:

  • A rooftop automated people mover (Skytrain) with four stations.
  • A 54,000-SF Early Baggage Storage Facility capable of receiving baggage for passengers whose plane has not arrived at its gate.
  • 50 domestic/international gates, over 150 ticket counter positions and over 120 self-service devices, a new 400,000-SF Federal Inspection Services (FIS) Facility with 72 service lanes with the capacity to process 3,600 passengers per hour.
  • Post-security concessions increased to 72 spaces with a combined footprint of more than 110,000 SF.
  • A new 85,000-SF Regional Community Facility with two contact gates and conducts both international and domestic flights.
  • Doubled passenger capacity and more than doubled aircraft turns per gate from 4.5 turns per day to more than ten turns per day.
  • 100% or “Excellent” on each Best Practices Safety Audit for the past nine years.



Program Management
Construction Management


Miami, FL


3.6 million SF


2010 Best Vertical Transportation Project: North Terminal Development Consolidation Project Phase 1 Awarded by Southeast Construction Magazine for Construction and Design Excellence Chosen in 2011 as 1 of 6 most beautiful U.S. Airport Terminals by The Street, a leading digital financial media company