New terminal canopies planned at Jacksonville International Airport

The $3.97 million project will repair and paint the steel support system and replace the fabric coverings.

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Those coming and going at Jacksonville International Airport could see new canopy coverage at drop-off and pickup.

The existing canopy is 32 years old.

The city is reviewing a permit for Balfour Beatty Construction to remove the canopies on the upper and lower terminal roadways.

Construction will start when the permit is issued and will be phased over eight months, according to the Jacksonville Aviation Authority.

“The canopy needs to be replaced as it is aging and deteriorating,” said authority Marketing & Public Relations Manager Greg Willis.

He said the blue metal canopy frame needs structural repair and painting.

There will be no new design. “It will look the same as it does now when the project is complete,” he said.

The permit application is for Balfour Beatty to replace the fabric canopy and rehabilitate the support structure at a cost of almost $3.97 million.

Jacobs Engineering Group is the civil engineer.

JAA’s Awards Committee decided to use the available budget now for the base contract and authorize the remaining work, a little more than $1 million, in fiscal 2023, which starts Oct. 1.

Balfour Beatty Construction LLC and JAA signed the agreement for the $3.97 million contract April 18.

The committee voted 3-0 on March 28 to award the project to Balfour Beatty, the sole bidder.

The bid exceeded the project budget. Instead of rebidding “and hope for more bidders and better prices,” the committee agreed to award a single contract with construction over two budget years. Work will be phased to minimize impact to parking garages, roadways and pedestrian bridges.

Phases on the upper level must be completed individually before moving on to the next.

The lower-level work can happen concurrently with other phases.