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Delta Air Lines Airside Modernization Project

Delta Air Lines selected JE Dunn, as a member of the Dunn Aviation Group joint venture, in February 2016 to deliver an 85-gate, multi-concourse modernization at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.


With a relentless focus on passenger experience, JE Dunn removed all existing storefront systems as well as additional portions of exterior walls. Floor-to-ceiling glass was installed in its place, allowing much more natural light to flow into concourses T, A, B and C at the world’s most traveled airport. The project also included installation of new, sloped prefinished metal ceilings and LED lighting. All hold room carpet was replaced and passengers received nearly 2,000 new power modules to charge mobile devices.


JE Dunn split 85 gates and three midpoints into 32 phases consisting of multiple “sectors” within each phase. At any given time, our team was working in 10 to 12 sectors, allowing delivery of six phases concurrently. This innovative scheduling method led to project completion more than a year in advance of Delta’s original plan.


All work was completed between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Any Delta equipment moved during construction activities was tested for operational readiness for the following day, allowing for zero impact to airport operations.