The addition of nine more gates, including new international gates and a patio with views of the east runway, reached the ‘topping off’ construction milestone. The airport’s lighted guitar-shaped CapMetro bus stop opened, giving off a cool musical vibe.
9-gate expansion reaches ‘topping off’ milestone
Hensel Phelps, the prime contractor for the 9-gate expansion project at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport marked a construction milestone on Dec. 8, 2017, when the last of 17 steel trusses to support the roof were placed. Each truss weighs 41,000 pounds and spans 135 feet by 17 feet.
With the steel structure completed, the expansion project overall is approximately 35 percent complete. Contractors are currently working on installing the roof decking and the building’s exterior metal panels to match the existing terminal.
Approximately 20 percent of the 10’ x 4’ and 7.5’ x 5’ exterior glass panels are now up. Four different types of exterior glass and glazing systems are being installed—clear vision, ceramic frit, frosted, and insulated spandrel glass with different levels of transmittance of visible light, solar energy and UV reflectance.
Jobsite facts from Hensel Phelps:
611,000 work hours as of Dec. 14, 2017
22,356 cubic yards of concrete placed for terminal building construction
14,500 cubic yards of apron pavement placed
1,926 tons of steel used
125 subcontractors onsite
0 lost times accidents
Construction for the terminal expansion began in June 2016, and will add 88,359 square feet of new concourse space, nine additional gates and a wider concourse to the east end of the Barbara Jordan Terminal. Gensler is the lead architect for the project.
Once completed, the 9-gate project will expand the concourse to 33 gates with jet bridges and will showcase a 5,770 square feet outdoor patio, a tower resembling Austin’s iconic outdoor Moon Towers, new food venues and shopping, and more music and art space. Baggage handling systems, airline operation office space, security and other related ancillary facilities are featured on the lower level. The 9-gates are slated to open to customers in 2019.
The project also includes adding 36 acres of additional airfield jet parking and movement areas and aims to obtain a LEED Silver Certification on the completed structure. LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environment Design certification issued by the U.S. Green Building Council to certify buildings are resource efficient in all phases of a project.
Airport guitar shaped bus stop gives off musical vibes
Now performing and continuing the musical-themed vibe at the Austin airport is the new illuminated guitar-shaped bus shelter for CapMetro. A ribbon cutting program was held to officially open the 45-foot high tilted guitar bus shelter that changes colors. It is located outside baggage claim, in the lower level. The CapMetro bus fare is $1.25.
The construction also included sidewalk and accessibility improvements, benches, charging stations, and a 55-inch touchscreen monitor. The stop services the CapMetro 100 – Airport Flyer bus route that connects the airport to downtown and the 350 – Airport Blvd. route that connects to north Austin.
The project was a collaboration between City of Austin Department of Aviation, Public Works and CapMetro. The designer of the shelter was RS&H and the builder was Piatra.
This blog is regularly updated to inform travelers and the public of the latest construction activities at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Information ranges from customer service improvements to changes in travel processes.