The Rental Car Facility and East Infill projects at the Austin airport were recognized for engineering and design, while the removal of thousands of tons of concrete prepares site for new terminal construction
Rental Car Facility, East Infill projects merits awards
Both the Rental Car Facility and the East Infill Project won awards of merits from Engineering News-Record’s Best Projects in the Texas and Louisiana. ENR reports on the top design firms, architects and construction companies in the U.S. and worldwide.
The consolidated rental car facility was completed at the Austin airport in Sept. 2015 and is a customer service building that houses all of the rental agencies and provides additional parking garage options for travelers. The 1.6 million square foot building budgeted at $150 million was praised for its usage of using only two tower cranes that moved only twice to limit traffic shutdowns and interruptions.
The 55,000 square feet infill project, more commonly known as Checkpoint One and Customs area, was praised for its oval and radius design. It was built with bullet-resistant panels to meet federal security standards along with featuring no interior columns. The artsy and colorful design, completed in July 2015 was budgeted at $62 million and added two luggage carousels to the airport.
Paving the way for terminal expansion
Approximately 18,000 tons of concrete demolition has been hauled off so far, as the 9-gate expansion at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport continues at the east end of the Barbara Jordan Terminal.
The construction and apron area beyond the terminal is closed off. The four temporary jet bridges including the new Gate 3A are operating and mitigating the removal of the old jet bridges. The general contractor Hensel Phelps Construction Co. now has heavy-duty hydraulic hammer/breaker equipment and excavators on site removing concrete up to 16 inches thick.
The broken up concrete is being removed from the site on transport trucks and earthmoving machines are also digging out for foundation and ground work needed for both utilities and support structures.