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Federal Inspection Station (FIS)

San Diego International Airport

Federal Inspection Station (FIS)

In 2017, San Diego International Airport (SAN) began construction for a new Federal Inspection Station (FIS) attached to Terminal 2 West. The aim of the new facility was to accommodate an influx in international passengers that resulted from SAN adding to its offering of overseas flight routes. This project provided a more positive travel experience for those passengers and the many more who will travel internationally to SAN in the future.

Intellient managed the technology and special systems delivery, systems testing, commissioning, and project close-out for Turner Construction.

Project Details

The New Federal Inspection Station (FIS) in Terminal 2 West replaced the previous facility in Terminal 2 East, increasing square footage and allowing for six international gates instead of three.

Developing the new FIS required 55,000 square feet of new construction and 70,000 square feet of renovation. The project included a new two-story Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility, six upgraded airline boarding gates, building renovations to secure the path from the plane to CBP inspection, tenant relocation, an upgraded baggage handling system, and airside restriping.

Services Provided

Throughout the course of the project, Intellient provided the following services:

Federal Inspection Station (FIS)

Technology Systems

Design Services

  • Stakeholder Coordination
  • Systems Planning, Validation, and Assessment
  • Site Surveys
  • System Interface Design
  • Design Engineering/Design Assist
  • Technical Specifications Development
  • Systems Integration Planning
  • Network Architecture
  • Systems Responsibility Matrix Development
  • Construction Cost Estimating
  • Systems GMP Costing
  • System Interface Design

Technology Systems

Delivery Services

  • Systems Integration
  • Program/Project Management
  • Construction Management/Administration
  • Schedule Management
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC)
  • Project Controls
  • Construction Scope Document Development
  • Bid Review/Recommendation
  • Vendor Management
  • Procurement
  • Delivery/Implementation Management
  • User Acceptance Testing (UAT)
  • Commissioning
  • Operational Readiness and Transition (ORAT)
  • Training
  • Customs Border Patrol (CBP) Coordination
Federal Inspection Station (FIS)

Associated Systems

The major systems components included Telecommunications/Information Systems, Physical Security Systems, Airport Operational Systems, and Passenger Processing Systems:

Telecommunications/Information Systems

  • Telecom Room
  • Premise Distribution System (Structured Cabling)
  • LAN/WLAN/Wi-Fi
  • Telephony/VoIP
  • Paging System (PAS)
  • Audio/Visual

Physical Security Systems

  • Access Control
  • CCTV
  • Breach Management
  • 700 MHz Radio

Airport Operational Systems

  • Building Automation/Building Management (BAS/BMS)
  • Baggage Handling (BHS)
  • Fire Alarm/Mass Notification

Passenger Processing Systems

  • Automated Passport Control (APC) Kiosks
  • Multi-User Flight Information Displays (MUFIDS)

Project Results

The new FIS became operational in June 2018. The project was completed two months ahead of schedule and $30 million under budget. All airport operations remained fully functional throughout the course of the construction. This project also achieved LEED Gold certification.

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