Three new parking garage elevators at the Austin airport receive upgrades and now use bio friendly hydraulic vegetable oil. Bag Claim 1 doubles in size and completes modernization while Austin Article relocates to new location across from Gate 9.
Carousel 1 bag claim opens, doubles in size
The construction to modernize and double the size of Carousel 1 at the Austin airport is complete as the carousel became operational on Nov. 1. The old 138 linear foot I-shaped bag claim system has been replaced by a new 274 linear foot U-shaped carousel. This almost doubles the size of the carousel that is now quieter and faster.
Work will next begin on replacing Carousel 2. As part of the overall airport improvement project, carousels 2-6 which are original equipment from 1999 will be replaced and modernized individually at their same size. Carousel 7 was constructed in 2015 along with Carousel 8 in Customs.
Elevators upgraded in garage, bio oil and reclaimed stone used
Frequent garage parkers will notice a fresh new look to three of the six elevators of the close in parking garage. The renovated elevators, No. 4-6 are now more energy efficient and quieter, using 100-percent biodegradable non-toxic hydraulic vegetable oil. Modernizing the elevators with a new hydraulic ram system and new signage, the updated elevator cars now operate with a new air conditioning system and have new interior and flooring.
Reclaimed stone was used for the elevator trim. This was stone that saved from the infield construction project that create Customs and Checkpoint 1. The elevators dated back to 1999 when the terminal opened and had reached the end of its service life. Plans are set to begin the rehab of garage elevators 1-3 in early 2018 by Gadberry Construction Inc., the primary contractor for the elevator work.
Now two crews are working 12 hours shifts to complete the upgrades to the elevator, near Gate 13 that leads to the American Admirals Club, United Airlines Club and the Knot Anymore private treatment area. The clubs are accessible by stairs but if assistance for alternate elevator access is needed during the renovation please call (512) 903-6010 for assistance.
Austin Article opens near Gate 9
Austin Article has relocated to a new 2,467 square foot location next to the east terminal exit doors, across from Gate 9.
The store offers University of Texas apparel, best-selling books, magazines and snacks, Austin themed gifts, jewelry, hats and comfort travel items. Local Austin area products and brands include Lammes Candies, Epic chicken and bison jerky and Jardines sauces and salsa. Also selling kid’s clothing and gifts, the open store-front designed Austin Article has historic names and images of the city and the surrounding areas.
Operated by Paradies Lagardere, the Austin Article opens at 4 a.m. daily and closes after the final departures of nearby gates.
Aviation earns SMBR Department Advocate Award for diversity in contracting
Aviation was named the Small & Minority Business Resources (SMBR) Department Advocate Award winner at the 2017 Contractors’ and Consultants’ Appreciation Event for Diversity in Contracting.
The SMBR honor is awarded to a City of Austin department who shows commitment and support for SMBR’s mission. The award recognizes the encouragement and promotion of subcontracting opportunities, to certified Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) and Disadvantaged Businesses Enterprises (DBE), to compete for work and contracts.
Aviation has 40 DBEs working on the 9-gate terminal expansion, new parking garage and administration building projects. There are 38 MBEs / WBEs providing professional services and construction subcontracting work, and 10 working on airport concessions.