Leading Hartsfield-Jackson Airport into LEED Projects

Bush Construction’s involvement in the renovation of the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, is expanding their presence to a new area of the country.

“This project has given Bush the opportunity to run a project in a new geographic area, as well as a relationship with the City of Atlanta, which could result into continued work in the region,” Bush Project Manager, Brett Foley explained.

Bush Construction’s President, A.J. Loss, said, “We’re excited about working at the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. It’s a unique project beyond our typical market of Iowa and Illinois.  We are happy to be working with our sister company, McCarthy Improvement, to make it all happen.”

Bush is currently building an 11,000 square foot masonry and steel building outside the gate at Hartsfield-Jackson.  It will be used for administrative offices and a lounge for taxi drivers. The project will cost more than $4 million and is slated for completion in July 2017. 

Although the Atlanta area is new territory for Bush Construction, McCarthy Improvement, has been working there for decades. 

Rob Davis, Vice President of Operations at Bush Construction, said, “Our decision to pursue the job at the airport was really born out of our relationship with McCarthy Improvement.”

“They have helped us in every way they could, whether it be with equipment onsite, facilitating subcontractor meetings or expediting issues with the design team,” Foley said.

One area of expertise that Bush is bringing to this project is the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) process. 

“Our building construction is the first LEED project that the airport has pursued,” Davis explained.

Trying to achieve the LEED Gold Certification means there are certain features of the project designed to use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “Some features include photovoltaic collectors covering much of the roof and glazing in the storefront windows and aluminum doors that change tint with the sun,” Foley said.

Bush Construction streamlined this project by hiring a local superintendent, Ron Lewis. Foley believes their partnership is making a huge difference. “His experience is invaluable and his attitude and personality make everyone want to work for him. He does a great job coordinating upcoming activities onsite with subcontractors and McCarthy Improvement.”

Because the airport is the busiest in the world, the work has not been without challenges. “Logistically, the scale of the airport, has posed some unique challenges. Although we have performed airport work in the past, Hartsfield’s magnitude warranted a greater level of detail in our planning,” Davis said.

Overcoming the challenges has been easier with local partners, though. The relationships being created and the work Bush Construction is doing for Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is laying the groundwork for future work in the Southeast region of the United States.

“We have recently been considering expanding to new geographic markets. The Southeast appears to be an attractive opportunity for that.  We are already considering other work throughout the region, possibly in Savannah, Georgia,” Davis explained.


Visit our website to learn more about our other current projects. We are proud to bring Bush Construction and McCarthy Improvement together in an effort to expand Bush Construction’s sights to the Southeast.