162 canopy panels installed to shade expansion, Master Plan public workshop set for April 19

Apr 6, 2018 - 2:57 pm

sunshade canopy 9 gate expansion

Installation of canopies to the 9-gate expansion begins to add shade to the patio and new concourse at the Austin airport. A construction milestone is within reach as building envelope completion date nears. ABIA 2040 Master Plan Public Workshop date set for April 19.

Installation of canopies to throw shade on 9-gate terminal building

Workers are busily installing the 162 panels that make up the sunshade canopies that will encircle the entire 9-gate expansion building. The panels, weighing 1,000 lbs. each will provide  shade for the patio and the entire terminal building expansion.

sunshade panelsEach sunshade panel is 8 feet long and 20 feet wide. Together the 162 panels will cover 28,000 square feet to provide enough shade for two football fields. Serving as a design feature mimicking a wing that floats around the building, the canopies are intended to provide an airplane and aerospace industry theme for passengers.

The building's exterior is about 75 percent glass to allow for natural lighting and provide views of the runway, taxiways and apron operations. The functional purpose of the canopies is to reduce the amount of heat gained from sunlight entering the building through the windows and reduce the amount of energy required to cool the building.

The canopies also reduce the glare of the sun within the building but still allow ample natural light. This feature, used in combination with the lighting control system, reduces the amount of energy used for lighting in the building.

The canopy that overhangs the east side of the expansion will cover and provide shade for the 5,770 square foot outdoor patio. The patio will provide a view of the east runway for passengers.

Metal panels which match the existing terminal are being installed. The placement of the last glass panel, estimated to be completed at the end of this month, will mark the completion of the building envelope to separate the interior and exterior parts of the building.

The hoisting of the canopies is one of the last major projects for the final inground tower crane that remains at the site. At the end of the month, Hensel Phelps is anticipating the disassembling and removal of the tower crane when major lift jobs such as the canopies and remaining glass panels have been completed. Mobile cranes and machinery will then be used for the remainder of the project construction.

Also on the inside, rough plumbing, electrical and HVAC work are underway along with preparation for the installation of the terrazzo flooring in the new terminal expansion.  

Gensler is the lead building designer of the expansion project that will add nearly 175,000 square feet of terminal space. The project, which includes adding nine additional gates, new concourse, apron, mezzanine, and platform level space, is estimated to be completed in early 2019.

ABIA 2040 Master Plan Public Workshop No. 2 set for April 19

Planners and engineers will share their preliminary recommendations for improvements to the airport in meeting future capacity at the ABIA 2040 Master Plan Public Workshop No. 2 on Thursday, April 19 from 6-8:30 p.m. Presentation to begin at 6:30 p.m.

The workshop will be held at 2716 Spirit of Texas Drive - P&E Building room 174A and will focus on Demand Capacity and Facility Requirements. For more information about the ABIA 2040 Master Plan, please visit www.abiamasterplan.com.  Also, you can email abiamasterplan@makingthingsclear.com or call 512-672-8721 with any questions.

Vestibules renovations in Phase III

Replacement of the automatic sliding-glass entrances and exits to the Barbara Jordan Terminal is currently in Phase III as five of the 13 terminal entries have been remodeled.

Two vestibules are currently under construction and closed. These are located in upper-level ticketing, nearest to Checkpoint 3 and a lower-level vestibule near bag claim No. 1.

The vestibules act as airlocks between the outside and inside environments, reducing drafts and reducing energy cost. The new vestibules are 10 feet larger than the original and allow for more room for luggage and people movement.

Did you know?

Since its opening, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport’s fleets of lawn mowers and on airport parking shuttles have been fueled by clean-burning propane. Private ground transportation providers, such as off-site parking shuttles, are required by contract to use alternative fuels.