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Sep. 14, 2012

Wichita Mid-Continent Airport Breaks Ground on New Terminal

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor

Ground has been broken on a new 12-gate terminal for Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, The Wichita Business Journal reports.

The new terminal will be built to the northwest of the existing terminal and is scheduled to open in February 2015. Most of the existing terminal, which was built in 1954 and was last renovated in 1989, will be demolished. The project has a total budget of $160 million, out of which $101.5 million is for the terminal construction. Key Construction and Detroit-based Walbridge were awarded the construction contracts and are expected to start excavation and foundation work in about five weeks. Full construction is scheduled to be underway by early November.

Designed by Kansas City-based HNTB, in association with GLMV Architecture, the new 273,000-square-foot terminal will feature two floors. The first floor will be for arriving and departing passengers, ticketing, retail, baggage claim, ground transportation, and airline and operations support. The second floor will feature exhibit space, food venues, retail, security and departure and arrival gates.

Philip Hannon, HNTB senior project manager, said: “The building is designed to reflect the importance of the history and future of aviation in Wichita. The shape of the roof is designed to remind visitors of flight and an aircraft’s wing. Other elements of the design also reinforce this theme, including large naturally lit passenger spaces with generous glazing and skylights that will maintain a link with the outside and its changing sky.”

The project, which is expected to create around 1,250 direct jobs, also calls for a new $40 million parking garage which will be built under a separate contract which is set to go to bid early next year. The construction of the parking structure is expected to start by next summer and to be finalized in about 18 months.

Rendering Courtesy of: www.hntb.com

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