Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is undergoing a terminal expansion project to add nine more gates to keep pace with increasing passenger traffic and to prepare for the future growth of air service to the rapidly growing area.
The Austin City Council in October 2015 authorized the Aviation Department, to contract with Gensler (designer) for up to $36 million and Hensel-Phelps (builder) for up to $289 million, to complete the additional gates to the east end of the current terminal. The expansion, starting near Gate 2, will increase the number of contact gates with boarding bridges at ABIA from 24 to 33 and is anticipated to be completed in 2019.
Additionally, the expansion will provide an additional 27 acres of space for more aircraft to the existing terminal facility and supports the recommendations made in the 2003 and 2008 Master Plan Phasing Projects.
The current Barbara Jordan Terminal at ABIA is designed to serve 11 million passengers annually. In 2015, a record high, 11.9 million passengers traveled through the airport. The expansion project will increase the airport’s capacity to 15 million passengers annually. It is anticipated that it will be at least 2025 before that level of passenger traffic is reached.
Due to the expansion of the existing terminal facility and the increase in aircraft size, the existing apron pavements need to be expanded. The apron expansion is separated into three phases of work with targeted completion dates.
Phase 1 includes construction of 528,400 square feet of pavement (2017)
Phase 2 includes construction of 314,000 square feet of pavement (2018)
Phase 3 includes 466,800 square feet of pavement (2019)
Terminal & Apron Quick Points:
The total size of 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
28,205 square feet of mezzanine and platform level space
5,770 square feet of patio
On the concourse level, the east terminal gate expansion will provide 88,359 square feet – an increase of 29 percent, of new hold room space, concessions, restroom facilities, and concourse circulation space
Along with nine new gates, the expansion includes the replacement of three existing gates, and all gates can accommodate domestic airline operations. Four gates will accommodate international flights
This near-term expansion will provide an approximate 30 percent increase in aircraft operational capacity
The expanded terminal will accommodate approximately 4 million additional passengers per year for a total of 15 million annual passengers – an increase of 27 percent.
Terminal Gate Expansion:
Concourse Level - The terminal gate expansion component will tackle the numerous amenities expected of a new terminal such as a wider concourse, new hold-room spaces, gate podiums, signage, concessions and support space, duty-free concessions, restroom facilities, mechanical systems, security systems, and Art in Public Places (AIPP).
Apron Level - The terminal gate expansion will include baggage makeup conveyors, additional inbound baggage systems, airline operations office space, signage, airport support space, security systems, restroom facilities, storage and other related ancillary facilities.
Terminal Apron Expansion:
The terminal expansion will also provide updated taxi-lane dimensions as well as accommodations for additional Remain Overnight (RON) aircraft parking needs. This also includes the design and construction of ground service equipment storage to accommodate airline and ground service providers.
Additional water quality pond infrastructure will also be required to adequately treat storm water runoff due to the added impervious cover from the apron expansion.
New Parking Facilities with Pet Boarding: Park & Zoom, Bark & Zoom
Construction is underway on new parking facilities, including a pet boarding service, at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA). The new parking services, Park & Zoom and Bark & Zoom, are being developed and operated by Scott Airport Parking, a local Austin business. Park & Zoom is anticipated to be complete in late 2016. Bark & Zoom is scheduled to be completed in February 2017.
Park & Zoom will provide 2,000 new, covered parking spaces on the airport. The facility will be located at 9518 Hotel Drive, across from the Hilton Austin Airport Hotel.
Bark & Zoom will bring one-stop convenience to travelers who need someone to take care of their pets while they are away. Pets will have access to outdoor play yards, a pet pool, and dog and cat grooming in this newly designed state-of-the-art pet resort. Bark & Zoom will be conveniently located on five acres near the entrance to the airport, on the north side of IH-71 at Presidential Blvd. Its services will be available to the general public, not just those traveling through ABIA. The pet resort will be managed by the Taurus Academy, an Austin “home grown” company with more than 20 years of experience in the pet care and training industry. Optional training services will be offered during their stay by Taurus Academy.
CONRAC - Consolidated Rental Car Facility, More Customer Parking
The 1.6 million square foot complex hosted a grand opening ceremony in October of 2015 to showcase the consolidation of all rental car operations.
A public/private partnership of the City of Austin Aviation Department and car rental companies, the project was funded at $150 million. Construction started in spring 2013. Austin Commercial LP was the design builder of the project. DeMattei Wong Architecture (DWA) was the design firm for the design build team.
The Terminal East Infill Project was completed in July 2015 with the opening of a new six lane passenger security checkpoint. This created a new connection from the east ticket lobby to the concourse at approximately Gate 5. In December 2014, the lower level of the project was completed. This provided a new Customs facility that is larger and more efficient. With the new Customs facility, the processing of international arrivals has increased from 200 passengers per hour to 400 per hour. Further, it has the capability of processing up to 600 passengers per hour. The Terminal East Infill Project added approximately 56,700 square feet to the terminal and renovated approximately 17,000 square feet of the existing terminal. This included adding two luggage carousels to bag claim. The completion of the project comes in a very timely fashion as Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is experiencing record passenger growth. A record 10.7 million passengers traveled through the airport in 2014 and 2015 passengers are on pace to exceed the previous year. The project was budgeted at $62 million. Construction of the Terminal East Infill was performed by the design-build team of Hensel Phelps (construction) and Austin design firm PageSoutherlandPage. In addition to function, the new terminal addition incorporates colorful and cultural expressions into the architecture. Learn more here.
Taxiway A Completion
Another full-length taxiway is now operational at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The year-long project to extend the north and south ends of Taxiway A was completed on July 9, 2015. This completes the taxiway to its full length, providing multiple access points to the airport’s east runway and allowing air traffic control more options in handling high density traffic.
Taxiway A is parallel to one of the two runways at ABIA. It has been constructed in phases, with prior expansion taking place in 2002. To complete the south and north portions, outlined in red in the aerial photo, a 75-foot wide concrete taxiway pavement was laid, along with a 30-foot wide pavement shoulder, as well as other additions including taxiway lights and guidance signs.
The Taxiway A Completion project was funded at about $9 million, which includes design, construction, testing, inspections, etc… The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will fund 75% of the project up to $7.2 million, with the airport responsible for the remainder.