Architecture, engineering and consultancy firm, Woolpert, has been appointed to evaluate, plan and design a new airport terminal at Pago Pago International Airport in Samoa. The airport serves the seven South Pacific islands of the US territory.
The existing facility was built more than 50 years ago and has been expanded multiple times to accommodate growing passenger traffic and the needs of the region. The existing terminal has limits due to regional geography.
“The current facility does not adequately support new aircraft or economic development plans for American Samoa, which is actively expanding infrastructure, industrial, commercial and business opportunities,” said Curtis Brown, Senior Project Manager and Senior Associate at Woolpert. “We have been working with the American Samoa government over the last few years, reconstructing and extending runways and we truly appreciate their culture and values, as well as their needs and vast potential.”
Evaluation for the new terminal is already underway with Woolpert employing the VLX mobile mapping building scanner as part of its reality capture for the existing structure and utilities to produce precise drawings, which will then be used to assess what can be retained and what needs to be rebuilt.
The project will be funded using local, federal and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sources. It will be environmentally and economically conscious, incorporating sustainable materials and climate resilience practices, while improving services that support disenfranchised communities.
Woolpert has also partnered with airport architecture firm, Corgan and local engineering consultancy firm PPG Consultants on this project.