First roof beam placed on Terminal Infill; Taxiway A begins
The first steel roof beam was lifted into the sky and welded into place on the Terminal East Infill project Thursday evening at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The installation of the high roof spine truss marks the start of the tall ceiling’s steel framework. A night shift will now begin to accelerate the steel erection of the roof. Inside the existing terminal building, the contractor has screened off the east wall of the ticket lobby to install steel members in the ceiling that will tie to the new steel of the new addition.
On the lower levels of the Infill project, the metal studs of the new walls are being set in place as the utility infrastructure work continues. The large HVAC that will supply the air conditioning for the new Customs area has been positioned in the building and is being connected. Most concrete floors of the building have now been poured. The installer of the large glass curtainwall system has arrived on site and is starting prep work for the placement of the exterior aluminum frame that will support the glass panels on the lower level. Actual glass installation will begin in early August.
On the airfield, a new construction project is breaking ground. Crews will begin scrapping the ground this week on a project that will complete the south and north portions of Taxiway A, which supports the east runway. A 75-foot wide concrete taxiway pavement has to be laid, along with a 30-foot wide pavement shoulder, as well as other additions including taxiway lights and guidance signs. Upon completion in 2015, Taxiway A will become the airport’s second full-length parallel taxiway. Together with Taxiway B, a dual full-length parallel taxiway system will be created, providing multiple access points to the east runway and allowing air traffic control more options in handling high density traffic.
Aircraft will still be able to take off and land on the east runway for a majority of the project. There will be about a three week period beginning in late September or early October when the runway will be closed as crews work inside the safety area of the runway. During that time, arrivals and departures will shift entirely to the west runway, which is more than capable of handling the operational needs of the airport.