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Oct. 3, 2013

Airport Wraps Phase 1 of $80 Million Terminal Upgrade

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

Renovations are complete at Port Columbus International Airport’s Concourse A, the first phase of an $80 million upgrade of the entire 55-year-old terminal.

The 29,244-square-foot Concourse A is home to the Southwest Airlines and AirTran. Its renovation was finished within the Phase 1 budget projections of $3.5 million. Upgrades include new terrazzo flooring,  carpeting, wall treatments, ceiling tiles, stainless steel column wraps, enhanced lighting and renovated restrooms. While waiting for their flights, passengers will be have their choice of food and beverage from Donatos Pizza, Vino Volo, Chili’s Too, Starbucks and Wolfgang Puck Gourmet Express.

URS Corp. designed the Concourse A renovation, while Messer Construction Co. was the general contractor. Passenger fees and the Columbus Regional Airport Authority’s capital reserves are providing funding the project.

Construction continues in Concourse C, where Gilbane Building Co. is on track to wrap up a $5.9 million renovation in the next few months. This fall, Gilbane is also scheduled to start the $11.5 million renovation of Concourse B, a project expected to be finished by the end of 2014. Later this year, Turner Construction will begin an extensive ticket lobby modernization, which is slated for completion in mid-2015.

According to Elaine Roberts, president & CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, the planning and engineering team sought input from key customer service, custodial and facilities staff in order to create ”a terminal that delivers an exceptional travel experience for our customers.”

“Modernizing our existing 1958 terminal building is a timely investment that helps create an airport conducive to growth,” Elaine Roberts said in a statement. “With the renovations, we’ll be able to efficiently handle over eight million passengers a year, levels we expect to reach in the late 2020s based on current trends.” Plans are also in place for a new terminal to be built when passenger demand requires.

Photo credit: Columbus Regional Airport Authority

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