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Las Vegas McCarran's 'high-tech challenge' for showpiece terminal

Incorporating the latest technology into Las Vegas McCarran’s new showpiece terminal was one of the biggest challenges facing designers, according to a leading consultant.

Incorporating the latest technology into Las Vegas McCarran’s new showpiece terminal was one of the biggest challenges facing designers, according to a leading consultant.

Terminal 3 at McCarran opens on June 27, 2012, and will increase the airport’s capacity to more than 50 million passengers.

Steve Riano, Aviation Practice Leader for Bechtel, which is overseeing the new build, said the challenge arose because of the fast paced nature of change in the technology world.

Riano, who has close to 30 years’ experience in professional planning and architectural design, said: “The thing that continues challenge us, and it’s been this way for years, is the issue of technology developing so quickly.

“It is difficult because airports take so long to develop – five or six years – and the world changes five times in that period.

“You have to maintain flexibility to incorporate designs later in the process.”

The new 1.9 million sq ft terminal gives McCarran an additional 14 gates and will serve domestic and international carriers.

New technologies include kiosks equipped for self-baggage check, self-boarding gates and automated aircraft docking.

There will be 100% wireless internet coverage in the new terminal and, this being Las Vegas, 300 slot machines.

Riano added: “McCarran is known far and wide as being one of the most innovative and technology driven airports that exists.

“It embraces self-check in, and anything that is cutting edge, it has taken it to the next level.”

Riano heads up Bechtel’s Aviation Practice, which provides strategic planning and technical support for all of the company’s airport projects worldwide.

Bechtel has been involved in more than 80 major airport projects around the world, with 40 projects in the last decade.

It is also project managing the development of New Doha International Airport, London Gatwick Airport  and the new terminal at Muscat International Airport. 

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