Construction barricades encircle the Austin-Bergstrom airport apron east expansion and footers for walkway supports start to take shape for four new temporary jet bridges. This is to prep for nine gate expansion project. New parking, pet boarding and hotel buildings continue to advance in construction stages while a terminal store reopens and another continues renovation work.
Apron barricaded off and temporary walkways making footprints
Encircled by barricades near the east runway and taxiways, excavation work has started beyond the east terminal gates at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. This area, inside the airfield that was long-ago an operations building and employee parking lot, will become a new part of the expanded airport apron to accommodate additional aircraft maneuvering, traffic and parking.
From the concourse near Gate 4 that closed in June, footprints of the pad-like structures extend beyond the terminal. These footprints are the bases to support elevated walkways for the four new temporary jet bridges. The walkways of the temporary gate bridges will mitigate the loss of Gates 1-3 during the nine gate expansion project.
Currently Austin-Bergstrom has 24 jet bridge gates and will operate with 25 during construction. The temporary jet bridges will give the airport an additional contact jet bridge gate for airline operations during construction in the Barbara Jordan Terminal.
Before the end of the year, Gates 1-3 are expected go offline when the switch is made to the four temporary extended jet bridges to operate from Gate 4. The temporary jet bridges will move passengers, planes and equipment away from the east end of the concourse during construction, and allow build-out to begin on 88,359 square feet of new concourse space.
The new nine gate addition, expected to be completed in 2019, will increase the total number of jet bridge gates in the terminal from 24 to 33 and will include new hold room areas, restrooms, concessions, shops, performance areas, art and a patio.
Park and Zoom structure rises, Bark and Zoom roughing it
Park and Zoom has reached the 60 percent completion mark according to Scott Airport Parking, the developer and operator. When complete this winter it will offer 2,000 covered parking spaces. Column pedestals dot the site, and the metal support frames for the UV protectant canopies have created a noticeable change in the sightlines near the airport entrance from Hwy. 71.
Asphalt, curbing and framing work to the Park and Zoom operations building continues to progress despite almost 16 inches of rain in May. A permanent, self-contained detention pond to filter rain and runoff water and the grading for a new off-ramp, from Presidential Drive to Hotel Drive is complete. The off-ramp will make accessible the Park and Zoom’s entry location on Hotel Drive, and will connect Hilton Austin Hotel from Presidential Drive.
The Bark and Zoom, a 24-hour covered parking and pet boarding service facility, has reached the rough-in foundation and plumbing stages. The facility to board up to 150 pets is now 35 percent complete and is located on the west-bound side of Hwy 71, at 2601 Cardinal Loop. Drilling for the building foundation piers, site utilities lines and waste water connections are complete. Scheduled to open in 2017, it will offer a complementary valet parking up-grade to pet boarding customers along with shuttle service to the Barbara Jordan Terminal.
Hyatt Place Hotel enters framing stage
Work at new Hyatt Place Hotel has entered the framing and rough carpentry phase as the roof trusses, wood and metal interior and exterior details become more visible. The hotel entrance is designed to face and run parallel Presidential Drive. When framing is complete the hotel will advance to exterior and roofing finishing and is expected to open in spring 2017.
Longhorn Store now a kiosk, renovated Barton Springs store reopens at Gate 18
The Longhorn Store, operated by Delaware North that previously specialized in official University of Texas gear in front of Gate 18, is enclosed by temporary construction walls during renovations. It currently operates a temporary kiosk and will reopen as a Fifth & Congress store offering luggage, jewelry, purses and watches.
Barton Springs Dry Goods reopened at Gate 18 after renovations. The now eclectic looking store, operated by Paradies Lagardère, offers Western apparel, jewelry, gifts, souvenirs and local Austin products. Other travel essentials are offered too – electronic accessories, magazines, health and beauty items, cold beverages and snacks as a convenient one-stop-shop.