Improvements are underway at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Terminal Addition: Terminal East Infill Project
This project will improve passenger flow in the terminal of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The Terminal East Infill will build a connection from the East ticket lobby to the concourse at approximately Gate 5 and includes a new passenger security screening checkpoint with 10 lanes and a larger Customs area designed to the latest standards. A record 9.4 million passengers traveled through Austin-Bergstrom in 2012 and the airport has experienced continuous growth for three years. This terminal addition works to meet the needs of passenger growth and prepares the way for future terminal expansion. The Terminal East Infill Project will add approximately 55,000 square feet to the terminal and will renovate approximately 17,000 existing square feet. It is budgeted at $62 million. Construction is scheduled to begin 2013 and anticipated for completion in 2015. Construction of the Terminal East Infill is being performed by the design-build team of Hensel Phelps (construction) and Austin design firm PSP (PageSoutherlandPage)
CONRAC - Consolidated Rental Car Facility, More Customer Parking
At its completion, CONRAC will consolidate all rental car operations into a 1.6 million square feet parking complex and provide 900 new parking spaces for travelers. The new CONRAC garage will be built on the eastern half of Lot A. In preparation, new surface parking construction is underway to provide alternative spaces to those lost in Lot A during construction.
All car rental operations will be consolidated into this one facility. Currently, each car rental company operates a service center to clean and refuel cars which is located a mile away from customer pickup. Cars are driven back and forth between the service center and customer pick up.
Consolidating fueling, cleaning, storage and customer pickup into one facility will increase efficiency. Eliminating the need to ferry cars between the service center and customer pickup will reduce fuel consumption, traffic on airport roadways, and vehicle exhaust. The reduction in vehicle exhaust will lower carbon dioxide emissions by 411.7 tons.
When completed, the CONRAC facility will have five levels. New, covered public parking will be available on the ground level of the CONRAC garage. The second, third, fourth and fifth levels will be for car rental including customer pickup/drop off and car storage and servicing.
Additionally, new public parking will become available directly across from the terminal. About 900 spaces on the third floor of the existing parking garage will become public parking when car rental operations relocate from there to the new CONRAC facility.
Construction is scheduled to begin in Spring 2013 and is anticipated for completion in 2015. A public/private partnership of the City of Austin Aviation Department and car rental companies, the project is funded at $150 million. Austin Commercial LP is the design builder of the project. DeMattei Wong Architecture(DWA) is the design firm for the design build team.
Cell Phone Parking Lot and Terminal Curbside Improvements -- COMPLETED Nov. 2013
Improvements are in the works at the cell phone parking lot including a new road for better access to the terminal. Additionally, the large planters at the terminal curbside will be replaced with sleek, metal bollards. Construction on these projects has begun. It is funded at $4.7 million and anticipated for completion in 2013.
A new road, Spirit of Austin Lane, is being built between the cell phone lot and Presidential Boulevard, the airport's main roadway. Presently, cell phone lot users must take the Cargo exit and Spirit of Texas Drive to reach the lot. Spirit of Austin Lane will create an entry to the cell phone lot from Presidential Boulevard. It will improve access from the cell phone lot to Presidential Boulevard as well. Additionally, it will improve overall airport campus traffic flow by connecting Spirit of Texas Drive and Presidential Boulevard. An expansion to the cell phone lot is also being added just north of the current lot.
New Parking Lot
A new parking lot of approximately 1,500 parking spaces is under construction. This work is being performed just east of Presidential Boulevard, or to one’s right when exiting the airport. Construction is ongoing and anticipated for completion in 2013. The project is funded at $9.7 million.