Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

The City of Phoenix Aviation Department completed phased construction of an automated people mover that transports travellers between airport terminals, East Economy Parking, and Valley Metro Rail at 44th and Washington Streets.

Phase 1 (December 2008 - April 2013) linked Terminal 4, East Economy Parking, and the 44th St/Washington Valley Metro light rail station and was 1.7 miles long. Phase 1a, which opened on 8 December 2014, provided a vital connection between Terminal 4 and Terminal 3 (and Terminal 2 via a covered walkway) and was 0.7 miles long. The total project cost of the first two stages from 44th Street to Terminal 3 was $884 million, paid for with airport revenues and passenger fees. No local tax dollars were used.

More than 14,000 passengers ride the PHX Sky Train® per day.

Our role

Currie & Brown was selected to provide strategic cost planning, estimating services and scheduling. Our primary role was to deliver an independent third-party estimate for comparison against the estimates provided by the engineer and contractor.

We delivered a detailed estimate that provided the client with the due diligence they needed to go to the federal government and request additional funds for the project. Our independent third-party services served as a quality assurance that the estimate was both fair and accurate and had been challenged enough to justify the application for funds. Without the independent nature of our estimate, the funding application would not have been considered. Our independent estimate also served as a negotiating tool with the contractor and allowed the client to focus their attention on the items that presented the largest risk.

Additionally, Currie & Brown provided a dedicated project scheduler who was embedded in the programme management. Their primary role was to ensure that the project was accurately scheduled, and that milestones were being met. They were also responsible for integrating the construction schedule with several other activities that interface with the PHX Sky Train® project. Our support ensured that the project had nominal claims and was executed in a timely manner at the optimal cost, with minimal impact and disruption to airport operations.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport