Messer Construction has secured a $144m contract from the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) to construct a terminal parking garage and administrative office at the facility.

The design-build contract is part of MNAA’s growth and expansion plan ‘BNA Vision’ for Nashville Airport.

Construction on the parking garage is set to start early next year and is slated for completion by 2020. The airport administrative office building will be completed during the same year.

MNAA president and CEO Doug Kreulen said: “The awarding of this contract is the next step forward for BNA Vision. This project will address our need for additional short-term parking, as well as providing a new office building for MNAA staff and others.

“Once the new office building is complete, we will demolish MNAA’s current office space, which is located above the security checkpoint, in preparation for the upcoming renovation and expansion of our terminal lobby. It’s a measured, phased-in process designed to mitigate inconvenience and airport disruption.”

“It’s a measured, phased-in process designed to mitigate inconvenience and airport disruption.”

The project includes construction of a six-level parking garage, a pedestrian plaza and 64,000ft² of an administrative office building on the fifth level.

The new garage will be capable of parking accommodating 3,000 cars and occupy part of the short-term parking area, which will be demolished later this year.

Set to be built to replace the airport authority’s existing office space in the terminal, the administrative office building will provide space for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and other services.

The contract also comprises designing an additional six-level, 1,800-space parking structure capable of supporting a hotel on the fifth level. The construction portion of this project will be competitively bid out on a later date.

BNA Vision was launched in July 2016.

At present, a number of BNA Vision projects in progress include the airport’s new parking and transportation centre set to open late this year, the terminal apron and taxi lane expansion project, as well as Concourse D and terminal wings expansion. All of these are expected to open during 2020.