Feature Photo: A view of the Barbara Jordan Terminal, which the city intends to renovate. Image: Google Streets.
by Art Benavidez
Austin (Travis County) — City Council chose the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) method for the $30 million Barbara Jordan Terminal (BJT) Optimization Project at their special work session Tuesday.
The project involves the design and build additional gate infrastructure for Austin Bergstrom International Airport and modifying the terminal to support remote passenger hardstands (bus gates) to safely meet the evolving needs of airlines and the travelling public.
BJT is the original terminal serving the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport since it opened in 1999 and is accessed from SH 71.
The terminal is crescent-shaped, has 748,000 square feet and is equipped with 34 boarding gates. Six of the gates handle international travelers.
At the moment, the project’s itinerary would have design and construction occur concurrently to meet the expectation of airport tenants and stakeholders, as aircraft gates are in immediate demand by airlines. Construction is expected to commence in June 2022
The multifaceted renovation and expansion project is the city’s initial investment in Austin’s Airport Expansion and Development Program.
Construction will take place in highly secure areas that are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration.
Due to the complexity of construction taking place in operating airport terminal locations, a phased approach will be required in order to integrate those facilities in highly secured areas.
The city is looking for a partnership with a qualified designer and a construction manager who have successfully constructed renovations in operational airport facilities.
The scope of the project will evolve as tenant expectations and incoming information is clarified, thus the city expects an adaptable approach to project delivery.
Minority business enterprise and women business enterprise goals will be established by the city before solicitation of the CMAR.
VBX Project ID: 2021-5767