The support frame for the construction of a lighted guitar shaped bus shelter is forming and the length of the 9-gate terminal expansion shows at the Austin airport with the addition of more roof trusses and second floor slabs. The Second Bar + Kitchen restaurant opened in the Barbara Jordan Terminal at Gate 7 and offers sit-down service.
Guitar shaped bus shelter taking form
The guitar shaped support structure for the new Austin airport and CapMetro bus shelter is forming with the delivery of steel and welding to attach the structural frame to the sidewalk foundation.
Estimated to be completed later this fall, the bus shelter will be 45-feet high at the neck and 30-feet high at the body of the illuminated tilted guitar that changes colors. It is designed to look like a guitar body coming out of the ground with neck and strings. Located outside of baggage claim, in the lower drop off and pick up level, beyond the taxi waiting area near Column 4, the shelter construction includes sidewalk and accessibility improvements.
Including benches, charging stations, and display monitors, the new shelter will continue to serve the CapMetro 100 – Airport Flyer bus route that connects the airport to downtown and the 350 – Airport Blvd. route that connects the airport to north Austin.
As construction continues there is no disruption to the existing CapMetro service to the terminal.
Terminal expansion continues
The 9-gate terminal expansion construction project has been underway for over a year and the skeletal structure, roof and project length are starting to reveal the final footprint of the addition. The expansion is extending 580 feet beyond the current existing terminal and is nearly 144-feet wide.
Currently, 10 of the 17 roof trusses, each spanning 135 feet across have been raised and attached. Second story slabs made of reinforced concrete are being poured and the cured second floors are visible to show the increasing terminal length.
The existing Barbara Jordan terminal that opened on May 23, 1999 is 18 years old and is also undergoing overall improvements projects. The projects include roof, vestibules, lighting, baggage claim and sprinkler system upgrades. The terminal is also undergoing new concession, store renovations and updates.
Other airport property improvements currently under construction includes enhancements to the airport roadway system, a new cell phone lot, new retail and gas station construction and a new 6,000 space parking garage.
Second Bar + Kitchen opens, offers sit-down seating
Second Bar + Kitchen, the newest restaurant at the Austin airport is now open near Gate 7. It is the first airport restaurant to offer a host and seated service. Each seat in the restaurant has a charging station.
Inspired by its original downtown Austin location and menu, Second Bar + Kitchen is a New American restaurant that was created and founded by Chef David Bull. The airport location is led by executive chef Jesse Marco with a menu of hearty salads and a Black + Bleu pizza with black truffle, blue cheese, mozzarella, pork belly confit, and medjool dates. Further offerings include buffalo fried pickles, baked brie, and signature items like its SBK Club sandwich with chicken salad and the Congress Burger.
Second Bar + Kitchen opens at 4:30 a.m. with a new breakfast and brunch menu that includes Texas Benedict on biscuits, a breakfast pizza and Lone Star tacos. Developed by La Corsha Hospitality Group and operated by Paradies Lagardère the restaurant will offer a wide selection of crafted cocktails along with an international wine list curated by wine director Paula Rester.
The airport location is designed with wood floors, leather upholstery and industrial style metal chairs. Modern lighting includes large scale custom pipe style fixtures, metal drum shades and woven wood geometric pendant lights that aim for an urban and industrial appeal.
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.