b'34 ABE SECURITY FACTS&FIGURES Project: Security Checkpoint/Terminal ConnectorLocation: Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE)Owner: Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority Scope: New 40,000-sq.-ft. connector; 4-laneTSA checkpoint Cost: $35 millionFunding: $15 million financed through local bank consortium; $7.04 million PennDOT Bureau of Aviation Capital Budget Grants; $5 million FAA Airport Terminal Program Grant; $4 million from Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program; $1.46 million PennDOT Multimodal Grant;$820,000 Alternative and Clean Energy Program Grant; $600,000 Community Project Funding Construction: June 2021-July 2023 New Terminal Connector/TSA Program Manager: Airport DesignConsultants Inc. Prime Consultant/Project Checkpoint Eliminates Passenger Manager: Arora Engineers Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing/Flow Problems at Lehigh Valley IntlFire & Life Safety/Special SystemsEngineers: Arora Engineers LLC BY PAUL NOLANCivil Engineer: ADCI The historic COVID pandemic forcedhad to be addressed. Geotechnical Engineer: Schnabelbusinesses around the world toThe tunnel was never Structural Engineer: RS&Hrejigger, reconfigure and muster alldesigned to implement Design Architect: The Sheward Partnership, LLC the ingenuity they had to remain viable. ManyTransportation Security General Contractor: Bracy Construction Inc. adopted new technology that fast-forwardedAdministration screening Plumbing/Sprinkler Contractor: them by a decade or more in a matter ofequipment post 9/11, Guy Cooper Mechanical, Inc. months. Stoudt says. The Electrical Contractor: Wind Gap Electric, Inc. At Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE)equipment keepsTHOMAS R. STOUDTin Hanover Township, PA, the pandemicgetting larger in size with HVAC Contractor: Master Mechanical Corp. enhancements that produce the highest level TSA Checkpoint Equipment: 3 Smithsexacerbated passenger flow problems theof security and safety.Detection advanced technology X-ray machines withairport had wrestled with for years due to alternate viewing station; 2 CEIA walk-through metalits antiquated underground tunnel to moveThats why the Airport Authority detectors; 1 Leidos advanced imaging technologypassengers between the main terminal and itsspearheaded a $35 million project to build a passenger screener with co-located explosivesgates. When social distancing requirementsnew TSA checkpoint and terminal connector. trace detection; 3 Implant Sciences explosives tracerequired passengers to stay six feet apart,(See Facts and Figures section on this page detection machines; 2 Smiths Detection responderlines at the TSA checkpoint located inside thefor a breakdown of the funding sources.)bottle liquid scanners tunnel snaked around corners all the way to Exit Lane Breach Control: dormakabathe baggage claim area. Despite formidableBursting at the SeamsElectrochromic Insulated Glass: Haliologistic challenges, ABE pressed aheadABE, the states fourth-busiest airport, Enhanced Air Purification System: LifeAire during the pandemic to fix the flow problems. serves communities throughout eastern Passenger Instruction Displays: ReadySeeGoThomas R. Stoudt, executive director of thePennsylvania, including Allentown, Digital Communication Totems by Synect Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, knewBethlehem and Easton. Construction of the Key Benefits: Enhanced security; improvedwell before the pandemic that the facilitysexisting terminal was completed in 1975; passenger flow; room for checkpoint expansion1970s-era tunnel created congestion thatan additional concourse was added to the September 2023AirportImprovement.com'