Nov 19, 2019 - 08:30 am CST

vino volo
The new Vino Volo East wine lounge is between Gates 6 and 8 and features a live music performance stage.

Five concessionaire concepts have opened at the Austin airport, including a CNBC News store, InMotion electronics, Jugo smoothies, XpresSpa and Vino Volo East. All gates are now open in Austin-Bergstrom’s 9-gate expansion, and the new Million Air fixed based operation is now operational.

CNBC News, InMotion and Jugo openCNBC

The CNBC News store opened on Nov. 4  just beyond Gate 12 and is open daily from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. The news store, which is operated by Lagardère Travel Retail, offers snacks, beverages, and basic travel items, as well as magazines, newsstand and gift items.  

InMotion, a cutting-edge premium electronics store, is now open near Gate 15. The store brings electronic brands such as Apple, Beats by Dr. Dre, Bose, GoPro, Sony and others directly to flying passengers. Other tech products offered include noise-cancelling and wireless headphones, speakers, tablets, portable power chargers, mobile accessories, digital action cameras and fitness trackers. The 715 square-foot location is open daily from 5 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.InMotion

Jugo is a new smoothie bar located near Gate 8. In the 886 square-foot space, Jugo’s counters have a white marble and oak wood finish. Jugo is known for its healthy concoctions, grab-and-go food items, and coffee. Jugo is open daily from 4:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

All gates operational in 9-gate expansionJugo

Another milestone was met in the expansion of the Barbara Jordan Terminal. All 12 gates—including those that were relocated from the existing terminal—are now operational in the expansion. The expansion included the build of nine additional gates and the relocation of other existing gates.

In addition to those that were just completed, amenities and concession operators open in the expansion include: Delta’s Sky Lounge, Vino Volo East, The Austin Chronical, Caffé Medici and Toy Joy / Yummi Joy. Restaurants and concepts still under construction include: Parkside Restaurant, Salvation Pizza, the Duty Free Shop, 24 Hour Diner and Austin City Kitchen (Austin City Kitchen will house Austin Beer Drop, Hardies Fresh Foods Market, Noble Sandwich Co., Sushi-A-Go-Go and Zocalo Café.).

New Vino Volo East includes live music performance stage

Vino Volo Wine Lounge & Restaurant opened its second location in AUS, which includes a live music performance stage. The new Vino Volo East is located between Gates 6 and 8. Vino Volo has a comforting wine cellar design with decorative barrels throughout the 1,371 square-foot restaurant and bar. The space also has wide, wooden beams along the ceiling with spotlighting and multiple wine displays for showcased wines.

The original Vino Volo West location near Gate 22 is currently under construction for renovations. It is estimated to be complete and reopen by the end of 2019.XpresSpa

XpresSpa / The Joint offers Austin travelers spa, chiropractic care

XpresSpa is teaming up with The Joint Chiropractic at two locations at the Austin airport. There are locations both upstairs and downstairs across from the Salt Lick BBQ at Gate 21. In addition, there is a single location downstairs across from Second Bar + Kitchen between Gates 15 and 16.  XpresSpa has created high-functioning areas around stairwells that accommodate massage chairs and nail salon workstations. Merchandise is available to purchase and includes neck pillows and nail polish. XpresSpa also has an enclosed upstairs lounge for chiropractic appointments and massages to be administered in a quiet, comfortable space.

Million Air FBO opens for general aviation, charter and private aircrafts

New fixed based operator (FBO) Million Air Austin is now open and operating at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Million Air provides general aviation terminals, hangars, and maintenance and fuel facilities for corporate and private aircrafts. Located adjacent to the 9,000-foot east runway, the FBO offers excellent airside access. Million Air joins two other FBOs located at AUS: Atlantic Aviation Services and Signature Flight Support. Million Air is located at 4801 Emma Browning Ave and offers a hospitality bar, seven acres of ramp space with a 14,500 square-foot FBO, with an aircraft canopy. More information can be found here.

Christina Mendoza, Aviation Communications Intern contributed to this article.

 

Sep 04, 2019 - 08:36 am CDT

caffe medici
Located near Gate 7, Caffé Medici is the first food and beverage vendor to open in the 9-gate expansion.

Caffé Medici is the first food vendor to open in the 9-gate expansion at the Austin airport. The opening of Gate 6 completes the construction of all six of the new international gates. Hammer Made men’s clothing store opens along with a CVS Pharmacy vending machine.folding paper plane

Caffé Medici Opens Near Gate 7

Local espresso and coffee roaster Caffé Medici is now open near Gate 7 and is the first finished-out food and beverage service to open in the 9-gate expansion. Trimmed in tile, customers are immediately attracted to the two red palm-hand shaped chairs at the paper role drawing area. The “express your selfie” wall graphic is an architectural highlight along with how to fold your own paper plane.

The roaster is known for its espresso La Famiglia blend, that is noted for having a sweet and fruity chocolate finish. Its daily coffee offerings include the Clarksville blend and Guji Ethiopia blend that has chocolate, grape, and a honey finish.avocado toast

The food menu at the 986 square-foot airport location is highlighted with its avocado toast, loaded with sliced avocados, arugula, sundried tomatoes, and pine nuts on whole-wheat oat toast. Other food offerings include breakfast sandwiches, croissants, seasonal Danishes, muffins and Pan Suisse, a custard-filled brioche. Including the airport location that is operated by Delaware North, Caffé Medici has seven locations in Austin.

Gate 6 Opens, Completing International Entries in Terminal Expansion

Gate 6 is now open in the 9-gate expansion of the Barbara Jordan Terminal. This makes all six international jet bridges that lead arriving passengers through the Custom’s sterile corridor operational. The shared-use gate, generally used by WestJet and Spirit, signifies the completion of construction, making six total gates available to receive arriving international flights at the Austin airport.

Phase II of the expansion continues with the removal of three temporary jet bridges used during construction. Each jet bridge was 720, 560, and 440 feet long, respectively. With the closing of Gate 12, work will begin on removing the remaining 300 foot long, temporary jet bridge and more apron work. Only Gates 8, 10 and 12 remain under construction and are estimated to be completed and open by the end of the year.

Hammer Made Offers Men’s Fashions hammer made

Fashion wear for men is now available at the Austin airport with the opening of Hammer Made, a 550 square foot men’s clothing store. Like its parent store, Hammer Made offers men’s fashions including pants, limited-run shirts, ties, squares, belts, socks, and other accessories.

Located just beyond Checkpoint 1, next to Gate 15, the store is equipped with a fitting room. The open storefront is a simplistic and monochromatic summit grey with black oak veneer finishes around the perimeter. Entering the store you are greeted by a stylist.

Founded by Jason Hammerberg, the Hammer Made line of shirts includes new arrivals, tailored fit, slim fit, made in Italy shirts, business, and business-casual.

CVS Pharmacy Vending Machine Near Gate 9 CVS kiosk

Located near Gate 9, a new CVS Pharmacy vending machine with a 22-inch multi-touch high-resolution screen operates at the Austin airport. The machine is stocked with over-the-counter health products and personal care items including remedies for allergy, pain relief, digestion and treatments for cough and cold. Beauty and care products include shaving cream, deodorant, makeup remover, eye care, and oral health items. Bandages, first aid, antiseptics, and children’s health items are also stocked. Batteries, phone chargers, earbuds, and stain removal sticks complete the CVS product offerings.

Vending machines located through the airport include Best Buy Express (near Gates 12 and 23); Benefit Cosmetics (near Gates 14 and 23); High Brew Coffee (Gate 23 and bag claim) and Briggo Coffee (Gates 12 and 17). Other machines such as snacks and drinks are located in baggage claim between Carousels 1 and 2, along with a 24-Hour Flower across from Carousel 2.

Complete list of current airport dining and shopping services available http://www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/images/Airport/maps/print_shopping-dining-services.pdf

 

 

Aug 07, 2019 - 10:22 am CDT

toy joy store
Toy Joy and Yummi Joy opened near Gate 10 and is the first concession to open in the 9-gate expanision.
 

Toy Joy toystore and Yummi Joy became the first concessionaire to open and start operations in the new 9-gate expansion at the Austin airport, followed by The Austin Chronicle marketplace. XpresSpa is under construction in two locations in the Barbara Jordan Terminal and Briggo opens a second robotic coffee haus.

Toy Joy and Yummi Joy, Austin Chronicle first to open in expansionaustin chronicle store

The popular Austin toystore Toy Joy and Yummi Joy opened near Gate 10. Voted a USAToday 10 Best Toystore in 2014, the store offers toys and collectibles for all ages. The store is the first concession to open in the 9-gate expansion of the Barbara Jordan Terminal and includes their sweet shop concept, Yummi Joy. The toystore was founded in Austin in 1987 and has a brightly colored exterior, adorned with their signature pink cartoon cat.

The inside of the 880 square-foot toy store is decorated with an array of green, blue, pink and purple neons and lined with shelves topped with large toys. Display shelves containing small novelty items like wind-up toys and figurines are located in front of the checkout counter. The store also sells unique toys and games, assorted treats and stuffed animals. Toy Joy is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is operated by concessionaire Delaware North.

The Austin Chronicle now has a marketplace open, located near Gate 8 in the expansion. The 887 square-foot store is conveniently separated with food options on the left and entertainment and souvenirs on the right. The marketplace stocks magazines, newspapers, and bestselling books as well as Texas and Austin souvenirs, electronics and snacks to serve a wide variety of traveler’s needs. Delaware North operates the marketplace serving customers daily from 4:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.  

XpresSpa Locations Under ConstructionXpresSpa massage

Luxury airport spa and massage services will be offered at the two XpresSpa locations currently under construction at the Austin airport. The west, 604 square-foot location will be below the American Airline Admirals / United Club across from Gate 21. The east, 432 square-foot location will be across from Second Bar and Kitchen near Gate 15.

XpresSpa will also offer Joint Chiropractic amenities, manicures, pedicures, facials, and waxing. Travel products and accessories that will be offered to customers will include travel pillows, massagers, and hair, nail and bath products. Construction is estimated to be completed this fall.

South Boarding Bridges Added to Terminal, Admin Building at 75-percent admin buildiing

Phase II continues on the 9-gate expansion of the Barbara Jordan Terminal. This includes the removal of the temporary jet bridges used during construction that are each 720, 560, 440 and 300 feet long, respectively. Construction is ongoing with apron pavement improvements to the south gates and attaching the jet bridges to gates 6, 8, 10 and 12, to make them operational for departures and arrivals this fall. Currently, the north-facing gates are being used in the terminal expansion along with east gates 2 and 4.

Adjacent to the six-story, 6,000 space Blue Parking Garage, the five-story Administrative Building has reached the 75-percent completion stage, with the addition of the outside reflective glass windows and drywalling inside. The building will allow Aviation Department staff to move out of the Barbara Jordan Terminal to make space available for possible retail, common use lounge services, and concessions in the passenger terminal.

The Administrative Building is estimated to be completed by the end of 2019. It is part of the $250 million dollar improvement project that includes the construction of the Blue Garage, updating the entry and exit plazas to the parking lots and modernizing signage on Presidential Blvd.

Second Briggo Coffee Machine Opens Near Gate 11briggo coffee

Located near Gate 11, a second robotic coffee barista has been added to the Austin airport. This is Briggo’s second “Robo-Joe” and it opening nearly coincides with the one-year anniversary of Briggo’s first airport coffee robot machine at Gate 17. The app-based ordering system allows travelers, airline crews and airport employees 24-hour personalized coffee service.

The robotic coffee house has a footprint of 40 square feet with digital displays. More information about how to Briggo can be found at https://briggo.com/experience/#howtobriggo

Join Us! Visionary Voices Lecture Series: Janet Zweigjanet zweig art

Join us for the 2019 Visionary Voices speaker series, presented in partnership with Texas Society of Architects. These lectures, by artists who are creating artworks for the City of Austin Art in Public Places program, highlight their bodies of work and offer an opportunity for thoughtful conversations on upcoming public pieces. Here are the details:

Date: August 13

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Location: Texas Society for Architects/AIA – 500 Chicon Street, Austin 78702

During this discussion, Janet Zweig will discuss her upcoming project for the Barbara Jordan Terminal at Austin Bergstrom International Airport — an immersive, interactive installation tentatively scheduled for completion in late 2019.

Brooklyn-based Zweig’s public works include a performance space in a prairie on a Kansas City rooftop; a sentence-generating sculpture for an engineering school in Orlando; and a 1200-foot frieze at the Prince Street subway station in New York. Her sculpture has been exhibited at institutions including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, PS1, and the Walker Art Center, and she has been awarded a Rome Prize Fellowship and NEA fellowships, among other accolades.

For more information about Janet Zweig visit: www.janetzweig.com

For more information about the Visionary Voices Lecture Series visit: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/visionary-voices-lecture-series

Marisol Peters, PIO high school Intern, wrote Toy Joy, Austin Chronicle articles.

 

 

Jun 24, 2019 - 01:44 pm CDT

park assist available in blue garage
Park Assist in the Blue Garage is a parking guidance system that generates information on open and available spaces. The app is free to download.  Photo by Tanya Haden, Austin airport PIO intern

The new Blue Garage with levels 1-5 now open is utilizing the Park Assist guidance system and app to help customers find available spaces at the Austin airport. Brighton jewelry and fashion is now open across from Gate 15 while Hammer Made men’s fashions and InMotion Entertainment are currently under construction at the Barbara Jordan Terminal.

Park Assist Shows Available Parking Spots in New Blue Garage

With five levels now open in the new Blue Garage at the Austin airport, the Park Assist guidance system, that utilizes smart-sensor technology to generate information about open and available spaces, is now in operation.park assist kiosk

The parking guidance system tells passengers about the number of available spaces on each level and identifies open parking spaces. The system includes pathway signage and an app that shows customers the number of spots available.

The free Park Assist app is available from the Google Play and Apple App store and can tell you even before arriving where to find available parking spaces. There are Park Assist kiosks located near the main elevators on the first and second levels that also allow customers to find their car by inputting their partial or full license plate number.

Over 5,000 spaces are now available with Levels 1–5 open in the Blue Garage. Customers can park in the Blue Garage at the introductory rate of $10 per day. Rates will increase to $15 per day on July 1. Economy Lot D, currently closed for resurfacing and LED lighting upgrades, is expected to reopen in early July. The last lot scheduled to be restriped, and receive resurfacing and lighting upgrades is B. Lot B is scheduled to receive its facelift later this fall.

To access the Blue Garage, customers may follow the signs on Presidential Blvd. for garage parking to reach the Blue Garage or the close-in parking garage with valet service. Parking information can be found at www.abiaparking.com

Brighton Opens Near Gate 15, Offering Fashion Jewelry and Handbags brighton store

Brighton signature jewelry is now open at the Austin airport near Gate 15. Located next to The Scoreboard beyond Checkpoint 1, Brighton opened a store that covers 404 square feet. An open front store, Brighton used wood, tans, browns, and gray to design and embellish their store. Brighton offers women’s handbags, jewelry, charms, eyewear, and accessories.

Items are split amongst the retail space in easy-to-notice locations to allow for quick and efficient browsing. The store has three wall mount mirrors and on cabinet doors, for customers to appraise the products and the look of the jewelry on them. Operated by Paradies Lagardère, Brighton is open daily from 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Hammer Made, InMotion Currently Under Construction hammer made mens clothing

This fall, Delaware North will be bringing Hammer Made to the area behind Checkpoint 1. Located right across from The Scoreboard, Hammer Made will be 550 square feet of men’s fitted clothing. Much like its parent store, Hammer Made will offer limited run shirts to help men look and feel their best.

Accented by its summit gray walls and black oak veneer finish around the perimeters, Hammer Made will have an open front entry with a simplistic and monochromatic look. The store will also be equipped with a fitting room. Hammer Made will not only offer dress shirts, but also ties and squares, T-shirts, and socks.inmotion

Independently operated InMotion Entertainment, an electronic goods store, will be opening this fall across from Checkpoint 1. Inmotion will cover 715 square feet of space near Gate 15. With an open storefront design, Inmotion plans to have a black and white color scheme to offer a clean and sophisticated look.

InMotion will carry premium electronics such as noise-canceling headphones, wireless headphones, speakers, tablets, digital action cameras, fitness trackers, portable power and a wide array of mobile accessories. They also will have a variety of brands like Apple, Beats by Dr. Dre, Bose, Fitbit, GoPro, Mophie, Samsung and Sony.

Tanya Haden, PIO Intern, wrote Brighton, Hammer Made and InMotion articles.

Jun 07, 2019 - 03:58 pm CDT

The east terrace patio, located on the mezzanine level between Gates 1-2
After passing through security at the Austin airport, passengers now have access to the hip and peaceful outdoor terrace patio, with canopied covered seating to watch planes fly in and out. Barton Springs Express travel shop opens in ticketing and The Scoreboard opens to bring more collegiate spirited apparel to the airport.  

Photo: Passengers sit in comfort in the air-conditioned area of the east terrace patio. Outdoor Terrace Patio Now Open at Austin Airport

The 5,770 square foot east terrace patio at the Austin airport is now open to all ticketed passengers traveling through AUS. Two steel helically oriented staircases and a central elevator provide access to the second-floor terrace located on the mezzanine level between Gates 1-2. The hip terrace patio, open 24 hours beyond the security checkpoints, is a nonsmoking area just like the Barbara Jordan Terminal and is adjacent to the new Delta Sky Lounge.

The patio is considered a prime location for passengers to “tail-watch” different airline logos and planes. It has a view of the 9,000-foot east runway and provides observation of ramp and apron-level airport operations.

The décor of the patio is modern-outdoor round tables, patio-furniture type seating and awnings that cover the family-style bench picnic tables. Landscaping includes water-friendly native drought-tolerant plants.

Rendering of the Z Café currently under construction near Checkpoint 2Overhead, the patio is partially covered with sunshade blade panels to mimic the wings of an airplane. The patio flooring is covered with 428 wood pavers and 276 concrete pavers. Each concrete paver weighs 150 to 206 pounds and is 30 inches wide x 30 inches long and 2.25 inches thick.

Z Café Under Construction in Ticketing Near Checkpoint 2

The former SoCo Market located in ticketing before the security line of Checkpoint 2, is currently under renovations and construction to transform into the new Z Café.

Z Café will offer hot and cold coffees and teas, pastries, hot and cold sandwiches, wraps, Asian foods and treats in the ticketing area before security. Addition to the menu, Z Café will offer salads, healthy energy bars, and chips.

Iris Ren, the former operator of Wok & Roll, is the operator of Z Café in partnership with concessionaire Delaware North.

barton springs express opensConstruction is estimated to be completed on the 491 square foot Z Café this summer and is scheduled to operate daily from 4:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Barton Springs Express: Travel Items Before Security 

Paradies Lagardère has opened the Barton Springs Express travel shop. This shop has 174 square feet of space and is a one-stop shop before travelers head towards ticketing and Checkpoint 2. It is located on the ticketing balcony between the American Airlines ticket counter and Fara Café & Sky Bar.

Barton Springs Express has an open front entry with an appearance that is modern and simplistic with the use of neutral contrasting colors and tiles. This store offers a variety of last minute necessities when traveling to and from the airport. Items such as a neck pillow, snacks, magazines, motion sickness bracelets, and earplugs are available to those who plan to travel through the airport. Luggage and locks are also available.

The Scoreboard Offers Longhorns, Aggies and Professional Sports Team Items

The Scoreboard, a sports apparel shop, has opened inside the Austin airport across from Barton Springs East store beyond Checkpoint 1. The Scoreboard covers 320 square feet of space near Gate 15. The sports shop design includes tiles with motivational sports phrases throughout the store. The walls are painted burnt orange and black and have modern fixtures on display.the scoreboard

Sports photography and team logos decorate the inside alongside purchasable fan gear. They offer a wide variety of the University of Texas Longhorns fan gear, as well as Texas A&M University Aggies, Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers items. Hats, key chains, T-shirts, sweaters and stuffed animals are just a few of the many collectibles  offered throughout the store. Paradies Lagardère is the operator of The Scoreboard retail store.

 

Christina Mendoza contributed to the Barton Springs Express and The Scoreboard story.

 

 

May 14, 2019 - 09:47 am CDT

blue garage constructionProviding power and to top-off, the new Blue Garage currently under construction at the Austin airport will be 8,100 frameless solar modules. Renovations to create the new Airport Employment Center has started and Austin Java opens a drive-thru at the Cell Phone Lot.   

Solar Panels to Top-Off, Power New Parking Garage

In partnership with Austin Energy, the Austin airport will cover the entire roof of the six-story Blue Garage with 8,100 frameless solar modules, with 80 inverters. The length of the garage is the size of three football fields and was originally designed to have almost  one-third of the canopies covered with solar modules. The solar modules will provide shade for roughly 1,000 parking spaces. 

In collaboration with Austin Energy, the Austin airport will cover the garage roof canopies with solar panels and the collected solar energy will be used to support city of Austin residents as a community solar project. The estimated amount of solar energy that it will generate is over 3.2 million KWH annually.

Currently, Levels 1-3 are open in the Blue Garage and a construction camera is stationed at the site to view the 6,000 parking space building. To view photos (updated every 30 minutes) and watch the time-lapse video of the new garage visit: http://workzonecam.com/projects/austincommercial1

: Inside rendering of the new airport Career and Development Center under construction. Construction has started to convert the former Resources and Learning Center located at 2800 Spirit of Texas Drive. Renovations to Create Airport Career and Development  Center Begins

The former Learning and Resource Center building, located at 2800 Spirit of Texas Drive is currently under construction to be converted into the new Airport Career and  Development Center. The Airport Career and Development Center will consolidate job openings at the airport, centralize the application process and host employee training. The center’s function is to support jobs at the airport including positions in the Department of Aviation, airlines, concessionaires and other aviation job support services and providers.

The 21,300 square foot steel frame building will also have offices for the employment and talent acquisition staff, a records room, interview rooms, conference and meeting rooms, a job board, testing center, and application stations.

The building makeover for the new Airport Career and Development Center, estimated to be completed in fall 2019, will feature more open spaces, bigger windows, a patio area, new trellis, canopies and sunshade fins, and a reception desk.

Austin Java coffee drive-thru is now open at that cell phone lot at the Austin airport. Austin Java Opens at Cell Phone Lot with Drive-Thru, Full-Service Bar

Austin Java, a coffee drive-thru, full-service bar, and restaurant, as part of the free Cell Phone Lot, Texaco gas station and convenience store at the Austin airport, is now open. The 2,796 square foot operation is located at 2901 Spirit of Texas Drive and is open seven days a week from 5 a.m. to midnight.

Locally based Austin Java offers a menu of signature coffees such as Honey Nut Latte and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Latte, expresso-based frappes, nitro cold brew, and tea.  For breakfast, Austin Java offers omlettes, benedicts, pancakes, chicken and waffles and more. The lunch and dinner menu includes freshly made salads, fruit bowls, soups and sandwiches including a wrap, burger, smoked brisket sandwich, and a grilled chicken B.L.T.

Austin Java, with a full-service bar, private conference room and television screens has a local twists on signature hard coffees. As a place to meet and greet for passengers before and after a flight, and for friends and family to visit while waiting in the cell phone lot at the Austin airport, Austin Java has a local twist on its hard coffee signature menu to include:

  • Austin Express – Espresso, bourbon and honey
  • Delayed Delight – Espresso, Grand Marnier, honey, and condensed sweet milk
  • Giddy Up & Go – Ginger syrup, a sugar cube and your choice of espresso, chai or matcha.

Along with seating for 98 customers, and twice daily Happy Hours, Monday – Fridays from 2-4 p.m. and 8-10 p.m., Austin Java also has a private conference room with a video screen and connections for business meetings.

Building rendering expansion plans for the airport’s Information and Technology Building.  Expansion of Airport Information Technology Building Planned

To accommodate and continue the support of the Department of Aviation’s connectivity and technology development, the Austin airport is expanding and renovating the existing Information Technology building on campus.

The existing single-story 10,000 square foot IT building was built in 1952. With the demand and growth for Data Center need, IT lab and staff meeting space, communication operations and more office and network equipment space, the new two-story facility will triple the size of the existing IT building. The new building, with 40,124 square feet of total space to be renovated and constructed, is designed to meet the physical security protection requirements to safeguard equipment from non-natural and weather hazards.

Construction is estimated to begin in fall of 2019 and be completed by the end of 2020 and is aimed for LEED Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council.

Apr 22, 2019 - 08:13 am CDT

New blue garage
Level 3 of the Blue garage is now open. Construction of the walkway pedestrian bridges that will connect the Blue Garage to the existing close-in garage is underway.

With Level 3 of the new Blue Garage now open, the structure now adds a total of 3,000-covered parking spaces at the Austin airport. Economy parking lot lighting updates and resurfacing continues and jewelry artisan James Avery opens its first airport location. Hat Creek Burger Company and Amy’s Ice Creams openings complete the renovations of the West Food Court. 

Blue Garage Level 3 Now Open, Lot G Reopens After Resurfacing, Restriping blue garage levels 1-3 open

The six-story Blue Garage, the state of the art parking garage located in walking distance to the Barbara Jordan Terminal now has three levels open. With Levels 1-3 open, the structure now has 3,000 parking spaces available. Upon completion, the Blue Garage will eventually add 6,000 total new covered parking spaces to the airport.

Construction of the walkway pedestrian bridges that will connect the Blue Garage to the existing close-in garage with valet service is underway.

The Park Assist parking guidance system, that utilizes smart-sensor technology and cameras to generate information for passengers about the number of available spaces on each level and identifies open parking spaces to customers, is currently in the testing phase for certification. The system will include pathway signage and an app that shows customers the number of spots available in the Blue Garage.

Installation of the new entry and exit control equipment and LED variable message signs along Presidential Blvd. is taking place and Levels 1–3 are now available in the new Blue Garage at $10 per day, during the lots resurfacing. Customers may follow the signs on Presidential Blvd. for garage parking to reach the Blue Garage or the close-in parking garage with valet service.

The Blue Garage is nearing the 95-percent completion mark. Along with updating the entry and exit plazas to the lots, and signage along Presidential Blvd., the garage is part of a $250 million dollar improvement project that includes the construction of a five-story adjacent Administrative building.admin building

The Administrative building has reached the 25-percent completion stage. The building will allow Aviation Department staff to move out of the Barbara Jordan Terminal to make space available for possible retail, common use lounge services, and concessions in the passenger terminal.

Parking lot construction work to resurface, restripe, modernize with LED lighting and new entry and exit control systems are on-going with the reopening of Lot G. Lot G has 1,422 parking spots for economy parking. Lot E is closed, but the 533 parking lot is estimated to be complete before the end of April.

Lot C is temporarily closed and has reached the 45-percent completion mark. Lot F is now temporarily closed and once all parking customers have exited, resurfacing and lighting updates will begin on the 1,116-space economy lot. 

Economy Lots B, D and G are open during the resurfacing along with the close-in garage. For real-time parking updates go to www.abiaparking.com or call (512) 530-3300.

James Avery Opens First Airport Location, Hat Creek Burger Co. and Amy’s Ice Creams Open in West Food Courtjames avery opens

Located just beyond Checkpoint 1, passengers will see the new James Avery artisan jewelry venue at the Austin airport. It opened on April 17 and is the first airport store location for the company with the 450 square foot space in the Barbara Jordan Terminal.

James Avery offers crafted jewelry designs for men and women in sterling silver, gold, gemstones as well as leather wallets, all designed by artisans in Kerrville, Texas. The retailer has 88 stores in five states. They have created ABIA, TSA and air travel themed pieces currently on display at the Austin airport and is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Located across from Gate 21, a giant paper airplane design soaring 25 feet over the new Amy’s Ice Creams location at the Austin airport marks the return of a customer favorite in the West Food Court. After renovations, the Austin based ice cream company has reopened its airport location and joins Hat Creek Burger Company, Flyrite Chicken Sandwiches, and East Side Pies in the West Food Court.amys ice cream

With the 30 foot long and 14.5 foot wide suspended plane serving as the venue’s canopy, Amy’s Ice Creams is open Sunday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 pm. and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. 

Hat Creek Burger Company started small as an Austin food truck and now has opened over nine locations in the Austin area including the Austin airport. Hat Creek Burger Company serves fresh never frozen beef and homemade sauces from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Million Air FBO Construction Reaches 50-percent Completion Mark

The construction of Million Air, the new general aviation fixed-base (FBO) and private jet hangar operator has reached the 50-percent completion mark on the build of the 20-acre project. The new development consists of seven private hangars and will provide fueling, tie-down, aircraft parking, rental, maintenance and flight instruction at 4801 Emma Browning Ave., on the south part of the Austin airport.

Estimated to be completed this fall, Million Air will offer seven acres of ramp space, a private club, lounge, and retail space and a large canopy for shaded aircraft parking.  Million Air will join the two current FBO operators, Atlantic Aviation and Signature Flight Support, at the Austin airport.

Christina Mendoza contributed to the James Avery, Hat Creek Burger Company and Amy’s Ice Cream article.

 

Mar 27, 2019 - 11:46 am CDT

photo Flyrite and East Side Pizza
 

Both Austin based Flyrite Chicken and East Side Pies are now open in the West Food Park across from Gate 21.

Flyrite Chicken and East Side Pies, two local and innovative food establishments are now open at the Austin airport, adding crafted chicken sandwiches and thin-crusted specialty pizza pies to the menu selections at the Barbara Jordan Terminal. Resurfacing of economy parking Lots C, E and G are underway and new designated smoking areas are marked outside the terminal.

photo pizza makiingFlyrite Chicken, East Side Pies Open in West Food Park

Flyrite Chicken and East Side Pies are now open and taking flight into the pallets of passengers at the Austin airport across from Gate 21 in the West Food Park.

The open design that includes mixed seating for 81 customers is located in 3,227 square feet for both restaurants and two other local concepts coming soon.

Born in Austin by owner Kevin Warden, Flyrite offers the Club 512 chicken sandwich, with pepper jack and house-made avocado salsa; The Cowboy chicken sandwich, with bacon, cheddar, jalapenos and hoss sauce; and kid-friendly tenders as options. Flyrite touts that its menu is made with no MSG, antibiotics and artificial ingredients or high fructose corn syrup.

East Side Pies at the airport is the fifth location for the Austin based company co-founded by Noah Polk and Michael Freid in 2006. East Side Pies, known around the city for its thin-crust pizza and various sauce options including the Mizza, topped with bacon, ham, pepperoni and homemade meatballs. A meatless Guiche pizza is available with spinach, green chilies, sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese.

The two new venues along with the soon-to-be open Hat Creek Burger Co. are located in the former Scholtsky’s, Maudie’s Tex-Mex, Amy’s Ice Cream, and Salt Lick locations. Work continues on the standalone Amy’s Ice Cream in the West Food Park.

photo pavementParking Lot C,E and G Temporarily Closes for Resurfacing, LED Lighting Upgrade

Temporarily closed are long-term economy parking Lots C, E and G, for resurfacing, restriping and to upgrade to a LED lighting system. Installation of the new entry and exit control equipment and LED variable message signs along Presidential Blvd. is taking place.

Levels 1 and 2 are now available in the new Blue Garage at $10 per day, during the closure of Lot C, E and G. Customers may follow the signs on Presidential Blvd. for garage parking to reach the Blue Garage.

Economy Lots B, D and F are open during the resurfacing along with the close-in garage with valet services.

The Blue Garage is the state of the art parking garage conveniently located in walking distance to the Barbara Jordan Terminal. Levels 3-6 will open in phases as construction continues on the structure that will add 6,000 new covered parking spaces to the airport.

The Blue Garage, along with construction to update the entry and exit plazas to the lots, signage along Presidential Blvd., and the adjacent Aviation administrative building are part of a $250 million dollar improvement project approved by the Austin City Council in 2017.

photo new smoking areaNew Designated Smoking Areas Marked

Smoking at the Austin airport is permitted only in the new designated areas outside the Barbara Jordan Terminal. Designated smoking and vaping (e-cigarettes) spots are located outside the terminal on the east and west ends of the upper and lower drop-off and pickup areas, 25 feet from the entrances.

There is also a designated smoking area atop the upper-level garage. All smoking areas have signage and includes green markings and cigarette receptacles for disposal. The Barbara Jordan Terminal including the new East Terrace Balcony and the South Terminal are non-smoking facilities. The 25-feet clearance meets LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver requirements for green building rating and complies with City of Austin Transportation Codes.

photo first steel upFirst Steel Up for Signature’s Two Additional FBO Hangars

The construction of two additional private hangars for Signature Flight Support has reached a construction milestone with the raising of the first steel for Hangars No. 6 and 7. Located south, on airport property at 4321 Emma Browning Ave., the hangars will give Signature an additional 33,600 square feet of covered hangars space. The side-by-side abutting hangars under construction are 140 x 120 x 28 feet each. Signature offers services and hospitality for visiting aircraft and prominent private clients.

Christina Mendoza contributed to the FlyRite and Eastside Pies article.

 

Mar 11, 2019 - 12:30 pm CDT

Overhead photo of Asleep at the Wheel stage
Overhead view of the Heart of Austin, a 4,456 square foot performance, bar and food area at the center of the Barbara Jordan Terminal.

The renovation to transform the main live music performance area at the Austin airport into the Heart of Austin venue is complete with the opening of a new stage, bleacher seating and bar. Construction of James Avery, Scoreboard and the first Starbucks in the Austin airport will soon start with the closing of Austin Warehouse.

photo musiciansHeart of Austin and main performance music stage opens across from Gate 19

The construction walls have come down in the center of the concourse at the Barbara Jordan Terminal revealing the Heart of Austin. The Heart of Austin is a center showcase and main live music performance area that includes the Saxon Pub bar, Asleep at the Wheel music stage, and Jo's Coffee at the Austin airport.

Spinning above the 4,456 square foot Heart of Austin is a 9-foot neon lighted guitar. Also returning to the terminal, placed atop the bar is the original Saxon Pub knight, affectionately called “Little Joe.” Adding to the ambiance of the Heart of Austin is overhead outdoor string lights providing a comforting backyard porch and patio feel.

The Heart of Austin includes seating for 190 patrons, a 317 square foot live music performance stage, 262 square feet of bleacher seating, the Earl Campbell food truck, Jo’s Coffee, and a 876 square foot bar.

saxon photoThe Saxon Pub bar offers local craft and draft beers and signature Tito’s Moscow, Mexican, British and Irish mules.

Jo’s Coffee offers hot and iced coffees, espressos, and Chai tea, grab and go pastries including muffins, coffee cakes and croissants. Jo’s will also offer Mexican Coke, bottled juices and water.

photo earl campbell's taco truckEarl Campbell’s food truck offers a wide variety of tacos and bowls including brisket, BBQ Jambalaya, Cajun chicken, hot links and bean & potato for lunch. For breakfast, the food truck will offer brisket, sausage, bacon egg and cheese plates, tacos and sausage rolls.

Operated by concessionaire Delaware North across from Gate 19, the Heart of Austin offers over 250 USB charging ports and electrical outlets located at the wood top tables, at the bleacher seating area and at the bar.

starbucks renderingStarbucks, Scoreboard and James Avery up next for construction

A Starbucks Coffee will soon start construction at the Austin airport and will be located just beyond Checkpoint 1, across from Gate 14. The 554 square foot café will feature Starbucks-branded specialty coffee, tea drinks with sweet treats and baked goods. The first Starbucks branded store at the Austin airport will also offer grab & go and quick serve items such as sandwiches, salads and fresh fruits.

New airport concessionaire HMSHost will operate the Starbucks venue in the location of the now closed Austin Warehouse.

Adjacent to Starbucks will be The Scoreboard, an athletic merchandising and souvenir store offering The University of Texas and Texas A&M University men’s, women’s and youth apparel. Operated by Paradies Lagardere, the 320 square foot store will also offer Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers items.

James Avery artisan jewelry kiosk is under construction beyond Checkpoint 1. The 450 square foot standalone kiosk will offer Texas Hill Country jewelry including charms, rings, bracelets and pendants.

JetSet market opens across from Gate 24

JetSet, a quick and convenient store is now open just beyond Checkpoint 3. The market offers quality content, everyday essentials and luxury items for passengers. Replacing Waterloo Records/Austin City Limits, the new 1,115 square foot JetSet market across from Gate 24 has four distinctive areas including a media lab, local and Austin made section, apothecary/healthcare and a food market area.

 

Feb 28, 2019 - 01:01 pm CST

9-gate expansion outside view
The 9-gate expansion of the Barbara Jordan Terminal opened on Feb. 21, 2019, on her birthday.

The 9-gate terminal expansion at the Austin airport is now servicing passengers as the 175,000 square foot facility opened its doors to flights and services. Haymaker is now open near Gate 24 and more wayfinding monitors available in ticketing.

Expansion of Barbara Jordan Terminal Opens on Birthday9- gate expansion inside

Happy Birthday to Barbara Jordan. On Feb. 21, the date that the Austin airport’s terminal namesake was born in 1936, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport opened Phase I of the new 9-gate expansion. The expansion became operational on the day Jordan would have been 83 years old with a Delta, 5:40 a.m. flight to Atlanta.

The completion of Phase I of the expansion includes the opening and operation of the terminal addition, and the north facing jet bridges of Gates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 11.

Phase II includes the removal of the temporary jet bridges used during construction that are each 720, 560, 440 and 300 feet long. Construction to remove the jet bridges has already started. Phase II also includes the opening of Gates 6, 8, 10 and 12, additional apron work and the completion of the concession and store locations.9-gate jetbridge

Adding nine new gates to the terminal will increase the total number of gates to 34. This includes increasing international flight gates from two to six. The terminal expansion project is nearly 175,000 square feet and includes:

  • 88,359 square feet of concourse space
  • 52,282 square feet of apron level space for baggage makeup conveyors, additional inbound baggage systems, airline operations space, airport support space, and other related ancillary facilities
  • 28,205 square feet of mezzanine and platform level space
  • 5,770 square feet of outdoor east terrace
  • 6,000 tons of steel was used in the construction of the 9-gate expansion
  • 20 consulting firms were engaged with a five-person, all women on-site project delivery team
  • The paved aircraft area around the terminal was expanded by 48 acres to better accommodate larger and more aircraft and increased overnight aircraft parking at Austin’s airport
  • Designed to meet LEED Silver certification for overall energy and environmental sustainability.

The original Barbara Jordan Terminal, which opened in 1999, was designed to serve 11 million passengers annually. In 2018, the airport served 15.8 million annual passengers. With the expansion opening, the terminal if stood on end would be taller than the Frost Tower in downtown Austin.

The terminal and apron expansion is a $350 million project to increase the terminal with additional 9-gates. Opening in 1999, the terminal was named after Barbara Jordan, the first African-American to serve in the Texas Senate since Reconstruction and the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress from the South (1972-78). She was the first woman to deliver the keynote address at a national party convention, the Democratic Convention in 1976 and in 1992. Jordan was known for her eloquent opening statement at the House Judiciary Committee hearings during the impeachment process of Richard Nixon.

The first life-sized statue of the late Jordan resides in the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in the lower-level bag claim area. Created by California artist Bruce Wolfe, the bronze sculpture depicts Jordan seated, in deep thought, with her fingertips pressed together; her glasses and a book placed in her lap.

Neighborhood Bar – Haymaker Opens Near Gate 24Haymaker

Bringing the neighborhood sports bar feel to the Austin airport, Haymaker is now open near Gate 24. A local Austin favorite originally located on Manor Road in Austin, Haymaker is known for delivering regionally inspired, comfort crafted food.

This new 1,645 square foot Haymaker restaurant and bar is open every day at 5 a.m. serving up a full breakfast menu until 10:30 a.m. Haymaker closes at 7:30 p.m. or after the last flight from the gates near the establishment. Haymaker also features an interactive memorabilia wall to promote and embrace Austin’s sports history, including some University of Texas Longhorn pride, and a live music stage.

The new airport location offers a similar menu to the original Haymaker, including their hallmark big and burly open-faced sandwiches on Texas toast and poutine topped with country brown gravy and melting Wisconsin cheese curds.

Operated by Delaware North, the interior follows an industrial bar concept design and has window, bar, and booth seating to accommodate up to 74 people. wayfinding signage

New Electronic Displays Helps Passengers With Wayfinding in Ticketing

To help passengers navigate, the Austin airport has replaced static signs in the ticket counter level of the Barbara Jordan Terminal with new wayfinding electronic displays.

There are 16 panels joined together to make eight electronic displays located in front of the Fara Café in the East Ticket lobby and in front of SoCo Market in the West Ticket lobby. The displays give directions to the closest checkpoints, directional information to ATMs, exits to the rental car facility, Ride App, hotel shuttles and taxi pickups, and to the individual airline ticket counters.

There are also real-time estimated security wait times on monitors at each of the three checkpoint entries at the Barbara Jordan Terminal. Passengers can also remotely check the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) wait times and speeds online at the Austin airport at http://aus.tsa.iinside.com.

Tanya Haden and Christina Mendoza contributed to the Haymaker article.

 

Sep 04, 2019 - 08:36 am CDT

caffe medici
Located near Gate 7, Caffé Medici is the first food and beverage vendor to open in the 9-gate expansion.

Caffé Medici is the first food vendor to open in the 9-gate expansion at the Austin airport. The opening of Gate 6 completes the construction of all six of the new international gates. Hammer Made men’s clothing store opens along with a CVS Pharmacy vending machine.folding paper plane

Caffé Medici Opens Near Gate 7

Local espresso and coffee roaster Caffé Medici is now open near Gate 7 and is the first finished-out food and beverage service to open in the 9-gate expansion. Trimmed in tile, customers are immediately attracted to the two red palm-hand shaped chairs at the paper role drawing area. The “express your selfie” wall graphic is an architectural highlight along with how to fold your own paper plane.

The roaster is known for its espresso La Famiglia blend, that is noted for having a sweet and fruity chocolate finish. Its daily coffee offerings include the Clarksville blend and Guji Ethiopia blend that has chocolate, grape, and a honey finish.avocado toast

The food menu at the 986 square-foot airport location is highlighted with its avocado toast, loaded with sliced avocados, arugula, sundried tomatoes, and pine nuts on whole-wheat oat toast. Other food offerings include breakfast sandwiches, croissants, seasonal Danishes, muffins and Pan Suisse, a custard-filled brioche. Including the airport location that is operated by Delaware North, Caffé Medici has seven locations in Austin.

Gate 6 Opens, Completing International Entries in Terminal Expansion

Gate 6 is now open in the 9-gate expansion of the Barbara Jordan Terminal. This makes all six international jet bridges that lead arriving passengers through the Custom’s sterile corridor operational. The shared-use gate, generally used by WestJet and Spirit, signifies the completion of construction, making six total gates available to receive arriving international flights at the Austin airport.

Phase II of the expansion continues with the removal of three temporary jet bridges used during construction. Each jet bridge was 720, 560, and 440 feet long, respectively. With the closing of Gate 12, work will begin on removing the remaining 300 foot long, temporary jet bridge and more apron work. Only Gates 8, 10 and 12 remain under construction and are estimated to be completed and open by the end of the year.

Hammer Made Offers Men’s Fashions hammer made

Fashion wear for men is now available at the Austin airport with the opening of Hammer Made, a 550 square foot men’s clothing store. Like its parent store, Hammer Made offers men’s fashions including pants, limited-run shirts, ties, squares, belts, socks, and other accessories.

Located just beyond Checkpoint 1, next to Gate 15, the store is equipped with a fitting room. The open storefront is a simplistic and monochromatic summit grey with black oak veneer finishes around the perimeter. Entering the store you are greeted by a stylist.

Founded by Jason Hammerberg, the Hammer Made line of shirts includes new arrivals, tailored fit, slim fit, made in Italy shirts, business, and business-casual.

CVS Pharmacy Vending Machine Near Gate 9 CVS kiosk

Located near Gate 9, a new CVS Pharmacy vending machine with a 22-inch multi-touch high-resolution screen operates at the Austin airport. The machine is stocked with over-the-counter health products and personal care items including remedies for allergy, pain relief, digestion and treatments for cough and cold. Beauty and care products include shaving cream, deodorant, makeup remover, eye care, and oral health items. Bandages, first aid, antiseptics, and children’s health items are also stocked. Batteries, phone chargers, earbuds, and stain removal sticks complete the CVS product offerings.

Vending machines located through the airport include Best Buy Express (near Gates 12 and 23); Benefit Cosmetics (near Gates 14 and 23); High Brew Coffee (Gate 23 and bag claim) and Briggo Coffee (Gates 12 and 17). Other machines such as snacks and drinks are located in baggage claim between Carousels 1 and 2, along with a 24-Hour Flower across from Carousel 2.

Complete list of current airport dining and shopping services available http://www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/images/Airport/maps/print_shopping-dining-services.pdf

 

 

Tuning Up the Airport Construction Update
Aug 07, 2019 - 10:22 am CDT

toy joy store
Toy Joy and Yummi Joy opened near Gate 10 and is the first concession to open in the 9-gate expanision.
 

Toy Joy toystore and Yummi Joy became the first concessionaire to open and start operations in the new 9-gate expansion at the Austin airport, followed by The Austin Chronicle marketplace. XpresSpa is under construction in two locations in the Barbara Jordan Terminal and Briggo opens a second robotic coffee haus.

Toy Joy and Yummi Joy, Austin Chronicle first to open in expansionaustin chronicle store

The popular Austin toystore Toy Joy and Yummi Joy opened near Gate 10. Voted a USAToday 10 Best Toystore in 2014, the store offers toys and collectibles for all ages. The store is the first concession to open in the 9-gate expansion of the Barbara Jordan Terminal and includes their sweet shop concept, Yummi Joy. The toystore was founded in Austin in 1987 and has a brightly colored exterior, adorned with their signature pink cartoon cat.

The inside of the 880 square-foot toy store is decorated with an array of green, blue, pink and purple neons and lined with shelves topped with large toys. Display shelves containing small novelty items like wind-up toys and figurines are located in front of the checkout counter. The store also sells unique toys and games, assorted treats and stuffed animals. Toy Joy is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is operated by concessionaire Delaware North.

The Austin Chronicle now has a marketplace open, located near Gate 8 in the expansion. The 887 square-foot store is conveniently separated with food options on the left and entertainment and souvenirs on the right. The marketplace stocks magazines, newspapers, and bestselling books as well as Texas and Austin souvenirs, electronics and snacks to serve a wide variety of traveler’s needs. Delaware North operates the marketplace serving customers daily from 4:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.  

XpresSpa Locations Under ConstructionXpresSpa massage

Luxury airport spa and massage services will be offered at the two XpresSpa locations currently under construction at the Austin airport. The west, 604 square-foot location will be below the American Airline Admirals / United Club across from Gate 21. The east, 432 square-foot location will be across from Second Bar and Kitchen near Gate 15.

XpresSpa will also offer Joint Chiropractic amenities, manicures, pedicures, facials, and waxing. Travel products and accessories that will be offered to customers will include travel pillows, massagers, and hair, nail and bath products. Construction is estimated to be completed this fall.

South Boarding Bridges Added to Terminal, Admin Building at 75-percent admin buildiing

Phase II continues on the 9-gate expansion of the Barbara Jordan Terminal. This includes the removal of the temporary jet bridges used during construction that are each 720, 560, 440 and 300 feet long, respectively. Construction is ongoing with apron pavement improvements to the south gates and attaching the jet bridges to gates 6, 8, 10 and 12, to make them operational for departures and arrivals this fall. Currently, the north-facing gates are being used in the terminal expansion along with east gates 2 and 4.

Adjacent to the six-story, 6,000 space Blue Parking Garage, the five-story Administrative Building has reached the 75-percent completion stage, with the addition of the outside reflective glass windows and drywalling inside. The building will allow Aviation Department staff to move out of the Barbara Jordan Terminal to make space available for possible retail, common use lounge services, and concessions in the passenger terminal.

The Administrative Building is estimated to be completed by the end of 2019. It is part of the $250 million dollar improvement project that includes the construction of the Blue Garage, updating the entry and exit plazas to the parking lots and modernizing signage on Presidential Blvd.

Second Briggo Coffee Machine Opens Near Gate 11briggo coffee

Located near Gate 11, a second robotic coffee barista has been added to the Austin airport. This is Briggo’s second “Robo-Joe” and it opening nearly coincides with the one-year anniversary of Briggo’s first airport coffee robot machine at Gate 17. The app-based ordering system allows travelers, airline crews and airport employees 24-hour personalized coffee service.

The robotic coffee house has a footprint of 40 square feet with digital displays. More information about how to Briggo can be found at https://briggo.com/experience/#howtobriggo

Join Us! Visionary Voices Lecture Series: Janet Zweigjanet zweig art

Join us for the 2019 Visionary Voices speaker series, presented in partnership with Texas Society of Architects. These lectures, by artists who are creating artworks for the City of Austin Art in Public Places program, highlight their bodies of work and offer an opportunity for thoughtful conversations on upcoming public pieces. Here are the details:

Date: August 13

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Location: Texas Society for Architects/AIA – 500 Chicon Street, Austin 78702

During this discussion, Janet Zweig will discuss her upcoming project for the Barbara Jordan Terminal at Austin Bergstrom International Airport — an immersive, interactive installation tentatively scheduled for completion in late 2019.

Brooklyn-based Zweig’s public works include a performance space in a prairie on a Kansas City rooftop; a sentence-generating sculpture for an engineering school in Orlando; and a 1200-foot frieze at the Prince Street subway station in New York. Her sculpture has been exhibited at institutions including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, PS1, and the Walker Art Center, and she has been awarded a Rome Prize Fellowship and NEA fellowships, among other accolades.

For more information about Janet Zweig visit: www.janetzweig.com

For more information about the Visionary Voices Lecture Series visit: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/visionary-voices-lecture-series

Marisol Peters, PIO high school Intern, wrote Toy Joy, Austin Chronicle articles.

 

 

Tuning Up the Airport Construction Update
Jun 24, 2019 - 01:44 pm CDT

park assist available in blue garage
Park Assist in the Blue Garage is a parking guidance system that generates information on open and available spaces. The app is free to download.  Photo by Tanya Haden, Austin airport PIO intern

The new Blue Garage with levels 1-5 now open is utilizing the Park Assist guidance system and app to help customers find available spaces at the Austin airport. Brighton jewelry and fashion is now open across from Gate 15 while Hammer Made men’s fashions and InMotion Entertainment are currently under construction at the Barbara Jordan Terminal.

Park Assist Shows Available Parking Spots in New Blue Garage

With five levels now open in the new Blue Garage at the Austin airport, the Park Assist guidance system, that utilizes smart-sensor technology to generate information about open and available spaces, is now in operation.park assist kiosk

The parking guidance system tells passengers about the number of available spaces on each level and identifies open parking spaces. The system includes pathway signage and an app that shows customers the number of spots available.

The free Park Assist app is available from the Google Play and Apple App store and can tell you even before arriving where to find available parking spaces. There are Park Assist kiosks located near the main elevators on the first and second levels that also allow customers to find their car by inputting their partial or full license plate number.

Over 5,000 spaces are now available with Levels 1–5 open in the Blue Garage. Customers can park in the Blue Garage at the introductory rate of $10 per day. Rates will increase to $15 per day on July 1. Economy Lot D, currently closed for resurfacing and LED lighting upgrades, is expected to reopen in early July. The last lot scheduled to be restriped, and receive resurfacing and lighting upgrades is B. Lot B is scheduled to receive its facelift later this fall.

To access the Blue Garage, customers may follow the signs on Presidential Blvd. for garage parking to reach the Blue Garage or the close-in parking garage with valet service. Parking information can be found at www.abiaparking.com

Brighton Opens Near Gate 15, Offering Fashion Jewelry and Handbags brighton store

Brighton signature jewelry is now open at the Austin airport near Gate 15. Located next to The Scoreboard beyond Checkpoint 1, Brighton opened a store that covers 404 square feet. An open front store, Brighton used wood, tans, browns, and gray to design and embellish their store. Brighton offers women’s handbags, jewelry, charms, eyewear, and accessories.

Items are split amongst the retail space in easy-to-notice locations to allow for quick and efficient browsing. The store has three wall mount mirrors and on cabinet doors, for customers to appraise the products and the look of the jewelry on them. Operated by Paradies Lagardère, Brighton is open daily from 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Hammer Made, InMotion Currently Under Construction hammer made mens clothing

This fall, Delaware North will be bringing Hammer Made to the area behind Checkpoint 1. Located right across from The Scoreboard, Hammer Made will be 550 square feet of men’s fitted clothing. Much like its parent store, Hammer Made will offer limited run shirts to help men look and feel their best.

Accented by its summit gray walls and black oak veneer finish around the perimeters, Hammer Made will have an open front entry with a simplistic and monochromatic look. The store will also be equipped with a fitting room. Hammer Made will not only offer dress shirts, but also ties and squares, T-shirts, and socks.inmotion

Independently operated InMotion Entertainment, an electronic goods store, will be opening this fall across from Checkpoint 1. Inmotion will cover 715 square feet of space near Gate 15. With an open storefront design, Inmotion plans to have a black and white color scheme to offer a clean and sophisticated look.

InMotion will carry premium electronics such as noise-canceling headphones, wireless headphones, speakers, tablets, digital action cameras, fitness trackers, portable power and a wide array of mobile accessories. They also will have a variety of brands like Apple, Beats by Dr. Dre, Bose, Fitbit, GoPro, Mophie, Samsung and Sony.

Tanya Haden, PIO Intern, wrote Brighton, Hammer Made and InMotion articles.

Tuning Up the Airport Construction Update
Jun 07, 2019 - 03:58 pm CDT

The east terrace patio, located on the mezzanine level between Gates 1-2
After passing through security at the Austin airport, passengers now have access to the hip and peaceful outdoor terrace patio, with canopied covered seating to watch planes fly in and out. Barton Springs Express travel shop opens in ticketing and The Scoreboard opens to bring more collegiate spirited apparel to the airport.  

Photo: Passengers sit in comfort in the air-conditioned area of the east terrace patio. Outdoor Terrace Patio Now Open at Austin Airport

The 5,770 square foot east terrace patio at the Austin airport is now open to all ticketed passengers traveling through AUS. Two steel helically oriented staircases and a central elevator provide access to the second-floor terrace located on the mezzanine level between Gates 1-2. The hip terrace patio, open 24 hours beyond the security checkpoints, is a nonsmoking area just like the Barbara Jordan Terminal and is adjacent to the new Delta Sky Lounge.

The patio is considered a prime location for passengers to “tail-watch” different airline logos and planes. It has a view of the 9,000-foot east runway and provides observation of ramp and apron-level airport operations.

The décor of the patio is modern-outdoor round tables, patio-furniture type seating and awnings that cover the family-style bench picnic tables. Landscaping includes water-friendly native drought-tolerant plants.

Rendering of the Z Café currently under construction near Checkpoint 2Overhead, the patio is partially covered with sunshade blade panels to mimic the wings of an airplane. The patio flooring is covered with 428 wood pavers and 276 concrete pavers. Each concrete paver weighs 150 to 206 pounds and is 30 inches wide x 30 inches long and 2.25 inches thick.

Z Café Under Construction in Ticketing Near Checkpoint 2

The former SoCo Market located in ticketing before the security line of Checkpoint 2, is currently under renovations and construction to transform into the new Z Café.

Z Café will offer hot and cold coffees and teas, pastries, hot and cold sandwiches, wraps, Asian foods and treats in the ticketing area before security. Addition to the menu, Z Café will offer salads, healthy energy bars, and chips.

Iris Ren, the former operator of Wok & Roll, is the operator of Z Café in partnership with concessionaire Delaware North.

barton springs express opensConstruction is estimated to be completed on the 491 square foot Z Café this summer and is scheduled to operate daily from 4:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Barton Springs Express: Travel Items Before Security 

Paradies Lagardère has opened the Barton Springs Express travel shop. This shop has 174 square feet of space and is a one-stop shop before travelers head towards ticketing and Checkpoint 2. It is located on the ticketing balcony between the American Airlines ticket counter and Fara Café & Sky Bar.

Barton Springs Express has an open front entry with an appearance that is modern and simplistic with the use of neutral contrasting colors and tiles. This store offers a variety of last minute necessities when traveling to and from the airport. Items such as a neck pillow, snacks, magazines, motion sickness bracelets, and earplugs are available to those who plan to travel through the airport. Luggage and locks are also available.

The Scoreboard Offers Longhorns, Aggies and Professional Sports Team Items

The Scoreboard, a sports apparel shop, has opened inside the Austin airport across from Barton Springs East store beyond Checkpoint 1. The Scoreboard covers 320 square feet of space near Gate 15. The sports shop design includes tiles with motivational sports phrases throughout the store. The walls are painted burnt orange and black and have modern fixtures on display.the scoreboard

Sports photography and team logos decorate the inside alongside purchasable fan gear. They offer a wide variety of the University of Texas Longhorns fan gear, as well as Texas A&M University Aggies, Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers items. Hats, key chains, T-shirts, sweaters and stuffed animals are just a few of the many collectibles  offered throughout the store. Paradies Lagardère is the operator of The Scoreboard retail store.

 

Christina Mendoza contributed to the Barton Springs Express and The Scoreboard story.

 

 

Tuning Up the Airport Construction Update
May 14, 2019 - 09:47 am CDT

blue garage constructionProviding power and to top-off, the new Blue Garage currently under construction at the Austin airport will be 8,100 frameless solar modules. Renovations to create the new Airport Employment Center has started and Austin Java opens a drive-thru at the Cell Phone Lot.   

Solar Panels to Top-Off, Power New Parking Garage

In partnership with Austin Energy, the Austin airport will cover the entire roof of the six-story Blue Garage with 8,100 frameless solar modules, with 80 inverters. The length of the garage is the size of three football fields and was originally designed to have almost  one-third of the canopies covered with solar modules. The solar modules will provide shade for roughly 1,000 parking spaces. 

In collaboration with Austin Energy, the Austin airport will cover the garage roof canopies with solar panels and the collected solar energy will be used to support city of Austin residents as a community solar project. The estimated amount of solar energy that it will generate is over 3.2 million KWH annually.

Currently, Levels 1-3 are open in the Blue Garage and a construction camera is stationed at the site to view the 6,000 parking space building. To view photos (updated every 30 minutes) and watch the time-lapse video of the new garage visit: http://workzonecam.com/projects/austincommercial1

: Inside rendering of the new airport Career and Development Center under construction. Construction has started to convert the former Resources and Learning Center located at 2800 Spirit of Texas Drive. Renovations to Create Airport Career and Development  Center Begins

The former Learning and Resource Center building, located at 2800 Spirit of Texas Drive is currently under construction to be converted into the new Airport Career and  Development Center. The Airport Career and Development Center will consolidate job openings at the airport, centralize the application process and host employee training. The center’s function is to support jobs at the airport including positions in the Department of Aviation, airlines, concessionaires and other aviation job support services and providers.

The 21,300 square foot steel frame building will also have offices for the employment and talent acquisition staff, a records room, interview rooms, conference and meeting rooms, a job board, testing center, and application stations.

The building makeover for the new Airport Career and Development Center, estimated to be completed in fall 2019, will feature more open spaces, bigger windows, a patio area, new trellis, canopies and sunshade fins, and a reception desk.

Austin Java coffee drive-thru is now open at that cell phone lot at the Austin airport. Austin Java Opens at Cell Phone Lot with Drive-Thru, Full-Service Bar

Austin Java, a coffee drive-thru, full-service bar, and restaurant, as part of the free Cell Phone Lot, Texaco gas station and convenience store at the Austin airport, is now open. The 2,796 square foot operation is located at 2901 Spirit of Texas Drive and is open seven days a week from 5 a.m. to midnight.

Locally based Austin Java offers a menu of signature coffees such as Honey Nut Latte and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Latte, expresso-based frappes, nitro cold brew, and tea.  For breakfast, Austin Java offers omlettes, benedicts, pancakes, chicken and waffles and more. The lunch and dinner menu includes freshly made salads, fruit bowls, soups and sandwiches including a wrap, burger, smoked brisket sandwich, and a grilled chicken B.L.T.

Austin Java, with a full-service bar, private conference room and television screens has a local twists on signature hard coffees. As a place to meet and greet for passengers before and after a flight, and for friends and family to visit while waiting in the cell phone lot at the Austin airport, Austin Java has a local twist on its hard coffee signature menu to include:

  • Austin Express – Espresso, bourbon and honey
  • Delayed Delight – Espresso, Grand Marnier, honey, and condensed sweet milk
  • Giddy Up & Go – Ginger syrup, a sugar cube and your choice of espresso, chai or matcha.

Along with seating for 98 customers, and twice daily Happy Hours, Monday – Fridays from 2-4 p.m. and 8-10 p.m., Austin Java also has a private conference room with a video screen and connections for business meetings.

Building rendering expansion plans for the airport’s Information and Technology Building.  Expansion of Airport Information Technology Building Planned

To accommodate and continue the support of the Department of Aviation’s connectivity and technology development, the Austin airport is expanding and renovating the existing Information Technology building on campus.

The existing single-story 10,000 square foot IT building was built in 1952. With the demand and growth for Data Center need, IT lab and staff meeting space, communication operations and more office and network equipment space, the new two-story facility will triple the size of the existing IT building. The new building, with 40,124 square feet of total space to be renovated and constructed, is designed to meet the physical security protection requirements to safeguard equipment from non-natural and weather hazards.

Construction is estimated to begin in fall of 2019 and be completed by the end of 2020 and is aimed for LEED Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council.

Tuning Up the Airport Construction Update
Apr 22, 2019 - 08:13 am CDT

New blue garage
Level 3 of the Blue garage is now open. Construction of the walkway pedestrian bridges that will connect the Blue Garage to the existing close-in garage is underway.

With Level 3 of the new Blue Garage now open, the structure now adds a total of 3,000-covered parking spaces at the Austin airport. Economy parking lot lighting updates and resurfacing continues and jewelry artisan James Avery opens its first airport location. Hat Creek Burger Company and Amy’s Ice Creams openings complete the renovations of the West Food Court. 

Blue Garage Level 3 Now Open, Lot G Reopens After Resurfacing, Restriping blue garage levels 1-3 open

The six-story Blue Garage, the state of the art parking garage located in walking distance to the Barbara Jordan Terminal now has three levels open. With Levels 1-3 open, the structure now has 3,000 parking spaces available. Upon completion, the Blue Garage will eventually add 6,000 total new covered parking spaces to the airport.

Construction of the walkway pedestrian bridges that will connect the Blue Garage to the existing close-in garage with valet service is underway.

The Park Assist parking guidance system, that utilizes smart-sensor technology and cameras to generate information for passengers about the number of available spaces on each level and identifies open parking spaces to customers, is currently in the testing phase for certification. The system will include pathway signage and an app that shows customers the number of spots available in the Blue Garage.

Installation of the new entry and exit control equipment and LED variable message signs along Presidential Blvd. is taking place and Levels 1–3 are now available in the new Blue Garage at $10 per day, during the lots resurfacing. Customers may follow the signs on Presidential Blvd. for garage parking to reach the Blue Garage or the close-in parking garage with valet service.

The Blue Garage is nearing the 95-percent completion mark. Along with updating the entry and exit plazas to the lots, and signage along Presidential Blvd., the garage is part of a $250 million dollar improvement project that includes the construction of a five-story adjacent Administrative building.admin building

The Administrative building has reached the 25-percent completion stage. The building will allow Aviation Department staff to move out of the Barbara Jordan Terminal to make space available for possible retail, common use lounge services, and concessions in the passenger terminal.

Parking lot construction work to resurface, restripe, modernize with LED lighting and new entry and exit control systems are on-going with the reopening of Lot G. Lot G has 1,422 parking spots for economy parking. Lot E is closed, but the 533 parking lot is estimated to be complete before the end of April.

Lot C is temporarily closed and has reached the 45-percent completion mark. Lot F is now temporarily closed and once all parking customers have exited, resurfacing and lighting updates will begin on the 1,116-space economy lot. 

Economy Lots B, D and G are open during the resurfacing along with the close-in garage. For real-time parking updates go to www.abiaparking.com or call (512) 530-3300.

James Avery Opens First Airport Location, Hat Creek Burger Co. and Amy’s Ice Creams Open in West Food Courtjames avery opens

Located just beyond Checkpoint 1, passengers will see the new James Avery artisan jewelry venue at the Austin airport. It opened on April 17 and is the first airport store location for the company with the 450 square foot space in the Barbara Jordan Terminal.

James Avery offers crafted jewelry designs for men and women in sterling silver, gold, gemstones as well as leather wallets, all designed by artisans in Kerrville, Texas. The retailer has 88 stores in five states. They have created ABIA, TSA and air travel themed pieces currently on display at the Austin airport and is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Located across from Gate 21, a giant paper airplane design soaring 25 feet over the new Amy’s Ice Creams location at the Austin airport marks the return of a customer favorite in the West Food Court. After renovations, the Austin based ice cream company has reopened its airport location and joins Hat Creek Burger Company, Flyrite Chicken Sandwiches, and East Side Pies in the West Food Court.amys ice cream

With the 30 foot long and 14.5 foot wide suspended plane serving as the venue’s canopy, Amy’s Ice Creams is open Sunday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 pm. and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. 

Hat Creek Burger Company started small as an Austin food truck and now has opened over nine locations in the Austin area including the Austin airport. Hat Creek Burger Company serves fresh never frozen beef and homemade sauces from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Million Air FBO Construction Reaches 50-percent Completion Mark

The construction of Million Air, the new general aviation fixed-base (FBO) and private jet hangar operator has reached the 50-percent completion mark on the build of the 20-acre project. The new development consists of seven private hangars and will provide fueling, tie-down, aircraft parking, rental, maintenance and flight instruction at 4801 Emma Browning Ave., on the south part of the Austin airport.

Estimated to be completed this fall, Million Air will offer seven acres of ramp space, a private club, lounge, and retail space and a large canopy for shaded aircraft parking.  Million Air will join the two current FBO operators, Atlantic Aviation and Signature Flight Support, at the Austin airport.

Christina Mendoza contributed to the James Avery, Hat Creek Burger Company and Amy’s Ice Cream article.

 

Tuning Up the Airport Construction Update
Mar 27, 2019 - 11:46 am CDT

photo Flyrite and East Side Pizza
 

Both Austin based Flyrite Chicken and East Side Pies are now open in the West Food Park across from Gate 21.

Flyrite Chicken and East Side Pies, two local and innovative food establishments are now open at the Austin airport, adding crafted chicken sandwiches and thin-crusted specialty pizza pies to the menu selections at the Barbara Jordan Terminal. Resurfacing of economy parking Lots C, E and G are underway and new designated smoking areas are marked outside the terminal.

photo pizza makiingFlyrite Chicken, East Side Pies Open in West Food Park

Flyrite Chicken and East Side Pies are now open and taking flight into the pallets of passengers at the Austin airport across from Gate 21 in the West Food Park.

The open design that includes mixed seating for 81 customers is located in 3,227 square feet for both restaurants and two other local concepts coming soon.

Born in Austin by owner Kevin Warden, Flyrite offers the Club 512 chicken sandwich, with pepper jack and house-made avocado salsa; The Cowboy chicken sandwich, with bacon, cheddar, jalapenos and hoss sauce; and kid-friendly tenders as options. Flyrite touts that its menu is made with no MSG, antibiotics and artificial ingredients or high fructose corn syrup.

East Side Pies at the airport is the fifth location for the Austin based company co-founded by Noah Polk and Michael Freid in 2006. East Side Pies, known around the city for its thin-crust pizza and various sauce options including the Mizza, topped with bacon, ham, pepperoni and homemade meatballs. A meatless Guiche pizza is available with spinach, green chilies, sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese.

The two new venues along with the soon-to-be open Hat Creek Burger Co. are located in the former Scholtsky’s, Maudie’s Tex-Mex, Amy’s Ice Cream, and Salt Lick locations. Work continues on the standalone Amy’s Ice Cream in the West Food Park.

photo pavementParking Lot C,E and G Temporarily Closes for Resurfacing, LED Lighting Upgrade

Temporarily closed are long-term economy parking Lots C, E and G, for resurfacing, restriping and to upgrade to a LED lighting system. Installation of the new entry and exit control equipment and LED variable message signs along Presidential Blvd. is taking place.

Levels 1 and 2 are now available in the new Blue Garage at $10 per day, during the closure of Lot C, E and G. Customers may follow the signs on Presidential Blvd. for garage parking to reach the Blue Garage.

Economy Lots B, D and F are open during the resurfacing along with the close-in garage with valet services.

The Blue Garage is the state of the art parking garage conveniently located in walking distance to the Barbara Jordan Terminal. Levels 3-6 will open in phases as construction continues on the structure that will add 6,000 new covered parking spaces to the airport.

The Blue Garage, along with construction to update the entry and exit plazas to the lots, signage along Presidential Blvd., and the adjacent Aviation administrative building are part of a $250 million dollar improvement project approved by the Austin City Council in 2017.

photo new smoking areaNew Designated Smoking Areas Marked

Smoking at the Austin airport is permitted only in the new designated areas outside the Barbara Jordan Terminal. Designated smoking and vaping (e-cigarettes) spots are located outside the terminal on the east and west ends of the upper and lower drop-off and pickup areas, 25 feet from the entrances.

There is also a designated smoking area atop the upper-level garage. All smoking areas have signage and includes green markings and cigarette receptacles for disposal. The Barbara Jordan Terminal including the new East Terrace Balcony and the South Terminal are non-smoking facilities. The 25-feet clearance meets LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver requirements for green building rating and complies with City of Austin Transportation Codes.

photo first steel upFirst Steel Up for Signature’s Two Additional FBO Hangars

The construction of two additional private hangars for Signature Flight Support has reached a construction milestone with the raising of the first steel for Hangars No. 6 and 7. Located south, on airport property at 4321 Emma Browning Ave., the hangars will give Signature an additional 33,600 square feet of covered hangars space. The side-by-side abutting hangars under construction are 140 x 120 x 28 feet each. Signature offers services and hospitality for visiting aircraft and prominent private clients.

Christina Mendoza contributed to the FlyRite and Eastside Pies article.

 

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Mar 11, 2019 - 12:30 pm CDT

Overhead photo of Asleep at the Wheel stage
Overhead view of the Heart of Austin, a 4,456 square foot performance, bar and food area at the center of the Barbara Jordan Terminal.

The renovation to transform the main live music performance area at the Austin airport into the Heart of Austin venue is complete with the opening of a new stage, bleacher seating and bar. Construction of James Avery, Scoreboard and the first Starbucks in the Austin airport will soon start with the closing of Austin Warehouse.

photo musiciansHeart of Austin and main performance music stage opens across from Gate 19

The construction walls have come down in the center of the concourse at the Barbara Jordan Terminal revealing the Heart of Austin. The Heart of Austin is a center showcase and main live music performance area that includes the Saxon Pub bar, Asleep at the Wheel music stage, and Jo's Coffee at the Austin airport.

Spinning above the 4,456 square foot Heart of Austin is a 9-foot neon lighted guitar. Also returning to the terminal, placed atop the bar is the original Saxon Pub knight, affectionately called “Little Joe.” Adding to the ambiance of the Heart of Austin is overhead outdoor string lights providing a comforting backyard porch and patio feel.

The Heart of Austin includes seating for 190 patrons, a 317 square foot live music performance stage, 262 square feet of bleacher seating, the Earl Campbell food truck, Jo’s Coffee, and a 876 square foot bar.

saxon photoThe Saxon Pub bar offers local craft and draft beers and signature Tito’s Moscow, Mexican, British and Irish mules.

Jo’s Coffee offers hot and iced coffees, espressos, and Chai tea, grab and go pastries including muffins, coffee cakes and croissants. Jo’s will also offer Mexican Coke, bottled juices and water.

photo earl campbell's taco truckEarl Campbell’s food truck offers a wide variety of tacos and bowls including brisket, BBQ Jambalaya, Cajun chicken, hot links and bean & potato for lunch. For breakfast, the food truck will offer brisket, sausage, bacon egg and cheese plates, tacos and sausage rolls.

Operated by concessionaire Delaware North across from Gate 19, the Heart of Austin offers over 250 USB charging ports and electrical outlets located at the wood top tables, at the bleacher seating area and at the bar.

starbucks renderingStarbucks, Scoreboard and James Avery up next for construction

A Starbucks Coffee will soon start construction at the Austin airport and will be located just beyond Checkpoint 1, across from Gate 14. The 554 square foot café will feature Starbucks-branded specialty coffee, tea drinks with sweet treats and baked goods. The first Starbucks branded store at the Austin airport will also offer grab & go and quick serve items such as sandwiches, salads and fresh fruits.

New airport concessionaire HMSHost will operate the Starbucks venue in the location of the now closed Austin Warehouse.

Adjacent to Starbucks will be The Scoreboard, an athletic merchandising and souvenir store offering The University of Texas and Texas A&M University men’s, women’s and youth apparel. Operated by Paradies Lagardere, the 320 square foot store will also offer Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers items.

James Avery artisan jewelry kiosk is under construction beyond Checkpoint 1. The 450 square foot standalone kiosk will offer Texas Hill Country jewelry including charms, rings, bracelets and pendants.

JetSet market opens across from Gate 24

JetSet, a quick and convenient store is now open just beyond Checkpoint 3. The market offers quality content, everyday essentials and luxury items for passengers. Replacing Waterloo Records/Austin City Limits, the new 1,115 square foot JetSet market across from Gate 24 has four distinctive areas including a media lab, local and Austin made section, apothecary/healthcare and a food market area.

 

Tuning Up the Airport Construction Update
Feb 28, 2019 - 01:01 pm CST

9-gate expansion outside view
The 9-gate expansion of the Barbara Jordan Terminal opened on Feb. 21, 2019, on her birthday.

The 9-gate terminal expansion at the Austin airport is now servicing passengers as the 175,000 square foot facility opened its doors to flights and services. Haymaker is now open near Gate 24 and more wayfinding monitors available in ticketing.

Expansion of Barbara Jordan Terminal Opens on Birthday9- gate expansion inside

Happy Birthday to Barbara Jordan. On Feb. 21, the date that the Austin airport’s terminal namesake was born in 1936, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport opened Phase I of the new 9-gate expansion. The expansion became operational on the day Jordan would have been 83 years old with a Delta, 5:40 a.m. flight to Atlanta.

The completion of Phase I of the expansion includes the opening and operation of the terminal addition, and the north facing jet bridges of Gates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 11.

Phase II includes the removal of the temporary jet bridges used during construction that are each 720, 560, 440 and 300 feet long. Construction to remove the jet bridges has already started. Phase II also includes the opening of Gates 6, 8, 10 and 12, additional apron work and the completion of the concession and store locations.9-gate jetbridge

Adding nine new gates to the terminal will increase the total number of gates to 34. This includes increasing international flight gates from two to six. The terminal expansion project is nearly 175,000 square feet and includes:

  • 88,359 square feet of concourse space
  • 52,282 square feet of apron level space for baggage makeup conveyors, additional inbound baggage systems, airline operations space, airport support space, and other related ancillary facilities
  • 28,205 square feet of mezzanine and platform level space
  • 5,770 square feet of outdoor east terrace
  • 6,000 tons of steel was used in the construction of the 9-gate expansion
  • 20 consulting firms were engaged with a five-person, all women on-site project delivery team
  • The paved aircraft area around the terminal was expanded by 48 acres to better accommodate larger and more aircraft and increased overnight aircraft parking at Austin’s airport
  • Designed to meet LEED Silver certification for overall energy and environmental sustainability.

The original Barbara Jordan Terminal, which opened in 1999, was designed to serve 11 million passengers annually. In 2018, the airport served 15.8 million annual passengers. With the expansion opening, the terminal if stood on end would be taller than the Frost Tower in downtown Austin.

The terminal and apron expansion is a $350 million project to increase the terminal with additional 9-gates. Opening in 1999, the terminal was named after Barbara Jordan, the first African-American to serve in the Texas Senate since Reconstruction and the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress from the South (1972-78). She was the first woman to deliver the keynote address at a national party convention, the Democratic Convention in 1976 and in 1992. Jordan was known for her eloquent opening statement at the House Judiciary Committee hearings during the impeachment process of Richard Nixon.

The first life-sized statue of the late Jordan resides in the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in the lower-level bag claim area. Created by California artist Bruce Wolfe, the bronze sculpture depicts Jordan seated, in deep thought, with her fingertips pressed together; her glasses and a book placed in her lap.

Neighborhood Bar – Haymaker Opens Near Gate 24Haymaker

Bringing the neighborhood sports bar feel to the Austin airport, Haymaker is now open near Gate 24. A local Austin favorite originally located on Manor Road in Austin, Haymaker is known for delivering regionally inspired, comfort crafted food.

This new 1,645 square foot Haymaker restaurant and bar is open every day at 5 a.m. serving up a full breakfast menu until 10:30 a.m. Haymaker closes at 7:30 p.m. or after the last flight from the gates near the establishment. Haymaker also features an interactive memorabilia wall to promote and embrace Austin’s sports history, including some University of Texas Longhorn pride, and a live music stage.

The new airport location offers a similar menu to the original Haymaker, including their hallmark big and burly open-faced sandwiches on Texas toast and poutine topped with country brown gravy and melting Wisconsin cheese curds.

Operated by Delaware North, the interior follows an industrial bar concept design and has window, bar, and booth seating to accommodate up to 74 people. wayfinding signage

New Electronic Displays Helps Passengers With Wayfinding in Ticketing

To help passengers navigate, the Austin airport has replaced static signs in the ticket counter level of the Barbara Jordan Terminal with new wayfinding electronic displays.

There are 16 panels joined together to make eight electronic displays located in front of the Fara Café in the East Ticket lobby and in front of SoCo Market in the West Ticket lobby. The displays give directions to the closest checkpoints, directional information to ATMs, exits to the rental car facility, Ride App, hotel shuttles and taxi pickups, and to the individual airline ticket counters.

There are also real-time estimated security wait times on monitors at each of the three checkpoint entries at the Barbara Jordan Terminal. Passengers can also remotely check the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) wait times and speeds online at the Austin airport at http://aus.tsa.iinside.com.

Tanya Haden and Christina Mendoza contributed to the Haymaker article.

 

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