Category - Terminals

Orlando Sanford Int'l & FAA Test Artificial Turf As Tortoise Barrier

George Speake lightheartedly refers to Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) as the "home of gopher tortoise condos." But the long, deep burrows he jokes about are located within the Florida airport's runway safety area; so they actually present a glaring safety problem for SFB's good-natured vice president of operations and maintenance.

Love Field "Wright-Sizes" With New Terminal

October is a monumental month for Dallas Love Field (DAL). Officials expect the airport's sweeping modernization initiative to be substantially complete by the first of the month; and on the 13th, the Wright Amendment will officially expire, ending more than three decades of federal restrictions on DAL's outbound traffic. The two milestones are closely intertwined, because planners predicated airport improvements on traffic increases expected after the Wright Amendment expires.

Raleigh-Durham Int'l Transforms "Big Blue Box" into New Terminal

When Raleigh-Durham International (RDU) opened its completely renovated Terminal 1 in mid-April, the North Carolina airport also marked the end of its 15-year, nearly $1 billion capital development program (for more information, see Page 56). The $68 million terminal includes a new nine-gate concourse, 11 new concessions, a four-lane security checkpoint with expanded queuing area, updated ticketing and baggage claim areas and large windows featuring panoramic airfield views.

San Francisco Int'l Cuts Costs & Construction Time With Partnering

Twenty percent below standard industry cost - that's how San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is completing major infrastructure projects these days. It's also often finishing them early and with stellar jobsite safety records. For instance, the Bay area airport didn't have a single workers' compensation claim (or general litigation) during the $800 million of work recently completed on its long-term $4 billion terminal renovation program.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Int'l Encourages Travelers to Sit Down & Power Up

Authorities at Minneapolis-St. Paul Int'l Airport (MSP) understand that little things can have a big impact on passengers' overall travel experience. That's why they recently invested $1 million to update seating throughout Terminal 1 and plan to follow up with another wave of similar improvements later this year.

United Upgrades Employee Break Rooms at Dulles & O'Hare

In April, United Airlines completed renovation of 35 employee break rooms spread throughout Terminals 1, 2 and 5 at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD). The six-month project is part of a $20 million, five-year program to upgrade approximately 400 similar facilities at airports throughout the United States.

Fort McMurray Int'l Opens New Terminal & Begins Planning Next Expansion

After years of planning, a false start in the wrong location and a major shift in airport governance, Fort McMurray International Airport (YMM) in Alberta finally has the terminal it needs to process the 1.3 million passengers projected to move through its facilities this year.

Top-to-Bottom Renovations Breathe New Life into Newark Liberty

The $347.1 million Terminal B modernization at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is a project more than a decade in the making. Set off by growth in international traffic and further inspired by changing security requirements, the comprehensive initiative both expands and renovates a structure designed in the late 1960s.

San Antonio Int'l Renovates to Achieve Parity Between Terminals

As San Antonio International Airport (SAT) neared completion of its new Terminal B in 2010, airport and city officials began discussing ways to update the adjacent and aging Terminal A. Results of those talks are becoming apparent, as changes to the 406,000-square-foot facility begin to take shape.

Bellingham Int'l Adds Gates & Triples Terminal Size to Serve Canadian-Fueled Growth

Like many U.S. airports scattered along the Canadian border, Bellingham International Airport (BLI) in Washington has faced interesting challenges presented by a growing influx of Canadian travelers who cross the border for less expensive U.S. airfares. A $38.5 million expansion project that ended in February, however, seems to be just the tonic it needed.

New Terminal Shines at Southwest Georgia Regional

Yvette Aehle never dreamed she would be so enthused about bathrooms. But after running Southwest Georgia Regional Airport (ABY) for years without any facilities past the TSA security checkpoint, her excitement is completely understandable.

Private/Public Partnership Building New Terminal at Iqaluit Int'l

Located in the unforgiving Canadian Arctic on Baffin Island, Iqaluit International Airport (YFB) is literally a lifeline to residents of Nunavut, Canada's northernmost territory. As such, a private/public partnership has been established to develop a new terminal and airfield to meet the current and future needs of the region. Nunavut officials estimate improvements at $250 million to $300 million.

Houston Intercontinental & United Wrap Up First Phase of $1 Billion Terminal Project

The Houston Airport System and United Airlines have taken their public-private partnership to a whole new level with construction of a new concourse at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). At a total cost of nearly $150 million, the South Concourse of Terminal B was completed in two distinct, yet interrelated, projects: United funded the $97 million vertical structure; and the Houston Airport System funded its $52 million apron, ramp and utilities infrastructure work. Together, the projects create a 30-gate facility that allows United to consolidate the majority of its regional jet oper

Gateway Airport Fixes Freeway Signage Problems

Passengers have been flocking to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) in droves for the past few years. But until recently, many had trouble finding it. With just one sign on the freeway, guests would often exit prematurely or miss the airport exit altogether. GPS units weren't much help either, as mapping agencies have had difficulty keeping current with rapid development in the area.

Oil Boom Creates Bonanza for North Dakota Airports

Until recently, North Dakota was largely considered a "flyover" state. Then its ample reserves of shale oil became a hot commodity, and now it's more of a "fly to" destination.

Airport Restrooms: Often Overlooked, but Seldom Forgotten

Airport visitors use many different names for restrooms - loo, privy, lav, water closet - but few mince words about poorly designed or ill-equipped facilities. Whatever they call them, restrooms are often the first place guests visit when arriving at an airport and their last stop before departing.

Los Angeles Int'l Unveils Redeveloped International Terminal

In mid-September, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) opened the South Concourse and central core of the New Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT). With an overall budget of $1.9 billion, the project is part of a $4.1 billion capital improvements program that is the largest public works project in the history of Los Angeles.

Baltimore/Washington Int'l Terminal Catches Up With Passenger Growth

This year, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is completing a $105 million terminal project to provide more room for current and future passenger traffic. Built in 1950, the facility was originally meant to serve small aircraft and small populations. Tremendous growth has since brought great opportunity to the airport, but also a great need for renovations.

San Diego Int'l Keeps it Green During Terminal 2 Expansion Project

The Terminal 2 expansion at San Diego International Airport (SAN), a project known as the Green Build, was green on two fronts: environmentally and financially.

Clinton National Debuts, With Future Improvements Already Charted

Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT) - formerly known as Little Rock National Airport - recently celebrated its name change honoring the 42nd U.S. president and 67th secretary of state, complete with appearances by both politicians. The Arkansas airport also marked the substantial completion of the first phase of its long-term development. And while the specific timeline for future improvements is not yet known, the design and intent of its growth are well defined.

Refurbish or Rebuild?

The question to rebuild or refurbish is one that vexes nearly every airport at one time or another. Most need to undertake a significant terminal project about every 25 years to keep up with changes in aircraft size, security policies, ticketing or baggage processes and concessions trends, says Stephen Harrill, vice president, aviation service group leader for RS&H.

Myrtle Beach Int'l Boosts Capacity & Tourist Appeal With Terminal Enhancement Project

With brightly colored beach chairs and sand-tone flooring, it's hard to miss the local bent of the recent expansion and renovation at South Carolina's Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR).

JFK's Terminal 4 Prepares for New Anchor Tenant With $1.4 Billion Expansion/Redevelopment

This is the first installment of a two-part series about Phase 1 of the expansion and redevelopment of Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). This article covers infrastructure improvements; Part 2, in our next issue, will chronicle the addition of nine wide-body gates in Concourse B, the new Delta Sky Club, and the development of post-security concessions.

Reno-Tahoe Int'l Finishes Final Phase of $100 Million in Terminal Renovations

Officials at Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) are wearing smiles these days. They're happy because the airport's Gateway Project, a $29 million terminal renovation initiative, is open to the flying public and Reno community - a month ahead of schedule.

Alternative Funding Facilitates New Terminal at MBS Intl

One of the nation's newest terminals - MBS International in Freeland, MI - began serving passengers in October, nearly a year earlier than anticipated.


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