New parking lot complete, vertical construction set to begin on East Terminal Infill
A 14-month project to build a new airport parking lot is now complete. Parking Lot J was officially handed over to the airport last Friday. Located just east of Presidential Boulevard off of Hotel Drive, Lot J adds approximately 1,500 economy priced spaces and will be used when existing long term lots fill. Before landscaping and other finishing touches were made over the past few months, the lot was temporarily made available in December to help with increased demand for holiday parking.
Underground utility work was finished last week on the East Terminal Infill. When complete in fall 2015, the project will add approximately 55,000 square feet to the terminal, including a 10-lane security checkpoint and expansion to Customs. It is now ready to move to its next phase, vertical construction. After re-grading to cover the utilities, foundation work and pier drilling will begin.
Critical to the construction is a 175-foot tall tower crane that was built on location on February 21. For safety reasons, limiters were placed on the crane preventing it from rotating and swinging over the airfield. During off hours when the crane is not in operation, it is free to rotate with the wind, like a wind vane, to prevent damage to it.