The Atlanta International Airport represents the culmination of many years of planning and design to produce the most advanced state-of-the-art aviation facility of the decade. As the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield International has an operating schedule of over 2500 flights per day, handles in excess of 25 million pieces of luggage and accommodates upwards of 90 million passengers on an annual basis. At 5.6 million square feet, Atlanta also has the largest passenger terminal and cargo facility in the world.
Williams-Russell and Johnson, Inc. (WR&J) was a partner in a three way joint venture that provided consulting engineering, architecture, and construction management services for the landside and airside improvements at the airport. The joint venture involvement was from late 1978 to 2005 and resulted in the construction of numerous new or improved facilities. Specific projects include preparation of an environmental impact statement for all runway development, design and construction management of a 9,000 ft. runway and two (2) parallel taxiways, extension of an existing runway, taxiway and aprons, expansion of the International Concourse, design of a 650,000 sq. ft. cargo facility, two (2) ground service equipment facilities, access roadways, parking lots, parking deck expansions, and an extensions to the underground transit system to service all of the six concourses.
As a subcontract to a Switzerland Architectural firm Calitrava, WR&J provided structural engineering services for the 4 steel arches and the emergency maintenance ladder system inside the arches for the 1,220 by 385 foot wide cable sway steel bridge. The bridge has 2 central arches and 2 lateral arches and has eight 12-ft lanes in each direction and an HOV lane in the middle. There is also a pedestrian walkway at each side of the bridge of 13′-6” width.
The Young Family Daycare Addition Atlanta, GA
The $5.8 million, 38,000 SF daycare addition includes classrooms for 40 infants and 166 children, administrative offices, staff/conference room, a multi-purpose room, a kitchen and after school and youth membership care rooms. The circular configuration design of the addition was in direct response to the existing site constraints as well as a design goal of obtaining an identifiable contrast to the existing building. Materials for the addition were chosen in an effort to create a contextual extension of the existing building appearance and character.