The terminal expansion at Austin-Bergstrom Airport will add new gates to accommodate more aircraft at the airport. Photo courtesy of Austin-Bergstrom Airport.
The expansion will increase the passenger handling capacity of the terminal to 15 million a year from the current 11 million. Photo courtesy of Austin-Bergstrom Airport.
The airport’s operating capacity will also be increased by 30%. Photo courtesy of Austin-Bergstrom Airport.
The terminal expansion and improvement project at Austin-Bergstrom Airport also involves apron expansion. Photo courtesy of Austin-Bergstrom Airport.

Austin-Bergstrom Airport

One of the busiest airports in North America, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) is expanding its passenger terminal to meet the forecasted passenger growth at the airport.

Will Rogers World Airport is one of three airports owned by the City of Oklahoma City, and operated by the Oklahoma City Airport Trust.

With increasing number of passengers using the Austin airport, the existing infrastructure has reached its maximum capacity both in terms of passengers handling and aircraft parking. The 300,000ft² terminal concourse with a design capacity of 11 million passengers a year and the existing apron with 24 contact gates have reached their service capacity.

While 2014 saw more than 10.7 million passengers using the airport, the forecasted growth is up to 15 million passengers by 2027.

In order to accommodate the growth, the airport’s owner and operator the City of Austin has approved the terminal expansion project, considering the 2003 and 2008 Master Plan and Master Plan Phasing Project recommendations.

Scheduled for completion by 2018, the $289m expansion will add space to the eastern end of the terminal and additional parking spaces on the apron. It will increase the passenger handling capacity of the terminal by four million passengers a year and the airport operating capacity by 30%.

Details of the terminal expansion at Austin-Bergstrom Airport

The expansion project comprises two major components, which include the apron expansion and associated work including airside construction (de-icing ponds, utilities, grading and paving), and the terminal building expansion and improvements.

The terminal gate expansion at the concourse level will include addition of approximately 70,000ft² of new space for duty-free concessions, restroom facilities and passenger circulation. It will feature new amenities including ticket lift, gate podiums, signage, support space, mechanical systems, security systems, and art in public places (AIPP).

Terminal gate expansion on the apron level will include provision for up to eight aircraft parking spaces on the apron for both domestic and international airline operations, installation of new baggage makeup conveyors, additional inbound baggage systems, office space for airline operations, new signage, airport support space, security systems, restroom facilities, storage and other related ancillary facilities.

The apron expansions will provide required taxi-lane dimensions for terminal expansion and RON aircraft parking needs. Design and construction of GSE storage facility for airline / ground service provider’s equipment storage is also part of the apron expansion. Water quality pond infrastructure will be installed to treat stormwater.

Contractors involved

In February 2014, the Austin City Council approved the construction manager-at-risk method of contracting, where it separately contracts the construction manager and an architect/engineer to provide design services for the terminal expansion project.

Hensel Phelps Construction Company was selected as the construction manager for the project in October 2014. The $1.8m-worth contract includes project scope and definition, preparation of budgets/estimates and project schedules, constructability reviews, construction trade outreach, and work packaging for solicitation of construction services.

The contract for design services was awarded to design and architecture firm Gensler and Associates in August 2014.

Recent developments at the terminal

Other development projects at the terminal include a consolidated rental car facility (CONRAC), which was opened in October 2015, the Terminal East Infill project, which was completed in July 2015, and an extended Taxiway A, which was opened in July 2015.

"The forecasted growth is up to 15 million passengers by 2027."

The CONRAC is a new five-level complex that consolidates all rental car operations at the airport into a single facility. Valued at $150m, the facility was constructed by Austin Commercial LP and designed by DeMattei Wong Architecture (DWA).

The Terminal East Infill project added six new passenger security checkpoints, a new customs facility and approximately 56,700ft² of new space, and renovated roughly 17,000ft² of the existing terminal. The $62m project was constructed by Hensel Phelps and designed by Page Southerland Page, a design firm based in Austin.

The Taxiway A extension project involved extending its north and south ends, making it a full-length taxiway with multiple access points to the airport’s east runway.