In what would be a significant exterior sign of expansion, the steel structure of Concourse B could soon take shape at Jacksonville International Airport.
The Jacksonville Aviation Authority board is scheduled to vote on ratifying contracts for the $24.57 million steel package to build Concourse B and $2.6 million for the third phase of the security checkpoint renovations at the airport.
The March 27 board agenda includes those ratifications for Balfour Beatty Construction LLC to proceed with the work.
The projects would serve the terminal expansion to add the six-gate Concourse B, expected to be completed in 2025.
The board meets at 8:30 a.m. on the third floor at the JAA administration building at 14201 Pecan Park Road near the airport, which is at 2400 Yankee Clipper Drive in North Jacksonville.
The airport has one main terminal with two concourses with 20 gates.
Concourse A and Concourse B each has 10 gates.
The first Concourse B was demolished in 2009 and Concourses A and C were rebuilt in 2008.
The JAA awards committee and CEO Mark VanLoh approved both contracts and recommends them to the board for approval.
Balfour Beatty will be authorized to proceed with the early steel package for Concourse B at a guaranteed maximum price of $24,570,496.
For the checkpoint renovations, which have been underway, Balfour Beatty would proceed with the third phase at $2,612,693. The work includes insulation, expansion joints, column covers, non-terrazzo flooring, SensiTile walls, signage, furniture, a video display wall and final clearing.
The total of the three-phase checkpoint renovation is $21,442,184.
At its Jan. 23 meeting, the board took steps toward constructing an estimated $100 million parking garage and to expand the security checkpoints at the airport.
The board voted 6-0 for a $10 million budget transfer to design a third parking garage that would add about 2,000 spaces. The facility, envisioned as six levels, is designed next to the existing daily garage and projected to cost about $100 million. It would completed by the fourth quarter of 2024 or first quarter of 2025.
It also unanimously ratified a $15 million award for continued work on the checkpoint renovation at the airport. JAA’s awards committee voted Dec. 19 to award the contract.
The board approved a budget transfer of $10 million to start the creation of a capital project for the new parking garage project.
Chief Operating Officer Tony Cugno presented the garage project, which would provide space for 1,600 public parking spaces and 400 rental cars.
Construction funding for the $100 million project would be sought in fiscal 2024.
JAA presented plans to create spaces to offset those displaced during the garage construction that also would be permanent additions.
It recommends adding 500 spaces to the Economy I lot and to repurpose the current employee lot to provide 250 more public spaces and 250-300 valet spaces.
It also recommends expanding and paving the Economy III lot by 1,200 spaces, comprising 800 for employees and 400 more for the public.
That would boost total parking at JIA to about 13,500 spaces.
The airport expansion
Airport-technology.com provide history of JIA’s expansion.
The airport has been operating since 1968, replacing the Imeson Field airport.
It says the airport received approval for expansion from the government in 2000.
The first phase in 2004-05 involved the reconstruction of a landside terminal, main concession area and the central square, as well as expansion of parking slots and security checkpoints.
The $170 million second phase, initiated in the second half of 2006, involved demolition of Concourses A, B and C.
Concourse B was demolished in 2009 after new Concourses A and C were opened in 2008 with 10 gates each.
The second phase included expansion of parking systems and the addition of a new baggage screening facility and a people-mover system.