FabriTec Structures LLC has been selected to complete the final design, engineering, fabrication and installation of a massive ETFE roofing system as part of the $6 billion, 20-year expansion and modernization initiative at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta (Ga.) International Airport.
The contract was awarded to FabriTec by the joint venture New South-McCarthy Synergy. With a total surface area of 345,500 sq. ft., the passenger terminal’s curbside canopies represent the largest ETFE roofing system in North America, at the world’s busiest airport.
The design, led by HOK, calls for major renovations to the passenger drop-off areas at the north and south side terminals where free-span curbside canopies will be installed. The two canopies are each 210 feet wide by 864 feet in length and form a curved arch canopy system supported by contemporary steel frames redefining the character of the building as a 21st-century air terminal. The canopies are cladded with fritted ETFE cushions which provide shading to reduce heat gain and shelter travelers from the elements.