One million hours worked, zero lost-time injuries as Houston Airports moves forward with new international terminal

Safety is the priority of the construction projects across Houston Airports. From the airport system to the contractors and construction teams, dedication and commitment to a safe work environment are spotlighted and celebrated at appreciation luncheon.

November 3, 2023

Houston Airports is celebrating the work done to progress the construction of the new International Central Processor (ICP). Once completed in late 2024, it will centralize ticketing, baggage claim and security screenings for international travelers. The ICP will be the crown jewel of the new Mickey Leland International Terminal.

The construction team under Hensel Phelps is approaching 700 days with zero lost-time injuries and has exceeded one million hours worked. “That’s no easy feat,” said Jim Szczesniak, Chief Operating Officer of Houston Airports during a celebratory luncheon on Friday, November 3. “The historic work done today will be admired for decades to come. It will elevate the passenger experience and help Houston Airports expand its reach around the world while supporting the future growth of Houston.” 

Some of the star architectural features of the ICP include an Oculus that will feature 2,000 square feet of crisp, digital display viewed by passengers on two interior levels. Outside, along the Arrivals curb, the ICP will feature 8 steel trusses designed to look like leaves. The trusses will support a 50,000-square-foot canopy over the curb. 

“We are proud to know Hensel Phelps shares our commitment to cultivating and maintaining a safety culture,” said Khalid Radwan, Executive Program Manager of the IAH Terminal Redevelopment Program. “Safety is the priority of our construction projects. We pride ourselves in the dedication and commitment to a safe work environment, which requires a great deal of intricate planning to successfully execute a redevelopment program of this magnitude.”

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ABOUT HENSEL PHELPS | Founded in 1937, Hensel Phelps specializes in building development, construction and facility services. As one of the largest employee-owned general contractors in the United States, Hensel Phelps employs more than 3,800 employees in multiple regional offices across the nation. Hensel Phelps is driven to deliver excellence in all it does. This vision plus its core values of ownership, integrity, builder, diversity and community provides the blueprint of how Hensel Phelps has become a nationally ranked general contractor by Engineering News-Record.

ABOUT THE NEW INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL AT IAH | The construction of the international terminal at Bush Airport, formally known as the IAH Terminal Redevelopment Program, ITRP, started in 2015 with a series of enabling projects. It advanced significantly in 2020 with the closing of the Terminal D/E parking garage for demolition in order to make room for the expansion of the Mickey Leland International Terminal (MLIT) with a new International Central Processor. Once complete, the International Central Processor will house ticketing counters, baggage claims and a 17-lane security checkpoint that will be one of the largest in the country. Attached to MLIT will be a new concourse and a fully renovated Terminal D, with updated facilities where travelers can board their planes, relax in the many lounges, or explore dining and retail vendors. ITRP also includes the building of a new D West Pier space that houses 10 new narrow-body gates or 6 wide-body aircraft simultaneously. Due to be substantially completed in late 2024, the $1.43 billion ITRP will accommodate international airline growth, resolve current and future roadway and curbside capacity constraints and vastly improve the baggage handling system.