Nashville International Airport awards major construction contract for US$327m project

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Nashville International Airport (BNA) Board of Commissioners has awarded Hensel Phelps the US$327m (£254m) design-build contract for its terminal lobby and International Arrivals Facility (IAF) project.

Construction on the 440,000ft2 (40,000m2) project will begin in the autumn of 2019 with an anticipated completion of late 2023. The project entails expanding and renovating the airport’s lobby and building a state-of-the-art IAF to increase capacity to accommodate more international travel.

By its completion in 2023, the renovation will elevate the terminal lobby’s ceiling, add a distinctive, sweeping roof canopy, connect terminal garage parking facilities to the central terminal with a pedestrian bridge, increase capacity for security screening with an expanded checkpoint for up to 24 screening lanes, and introduce a new central marketplace with compelling views of the airfield.

“This contract award marks the start of the sixth and largest BNA Vision component,” said Dr A Dexter Samuels, BNA Board of Commissioners chair. “When complete, this project will provide travelers an expanded and visually engaging terminal lobby as well as a state-of-the-art International Arrivals Facility to accommodate future international flights. From a design perspective, we think this will be the most transformative undertaking in the history of this airport.”

“The terminal lobby renovation and IAF project is key to connecting Nashville to even more destinations around the world,” added Doug Kreulen, BNA president and CEO.

“Our passenger growth the last several years has been extraordinary, and multiple projections indicate our numbers will continue to climb for several years to come. This project allows us to meet the passenger demands of this region and create the world class airport Nashville needs and deserves.”

The new IAF will be built onto the west side of the terminal with six international aircraft gates and a new Customs and Border Protection (CBP) area. It will accommodate the increasing number of passengers flying to Nashville from international destinations, allowing BNA to attract additional non-stop service to and from Europe, Asia, Latin America and more.

“Hensel Phelps is honored to be selected as the design-build contractor for this project,” said Kirk Hazen, Hensel Phelps vice president and district manager. “We understand that every great landmark starts with a vision, and it’s our job to bring BNA Vision to life with a comprehensive team approach that begins with innovative planning and extends throughout the entire life of the project.”

In addition to the terminal lobby expansion and IAF project, Hensel Phelps was awarded the design-build contract for BNA’s Concourse D and terminal wings expansion, which is underway now and expected to be completed in 2020.

Other BNA Vision projects currently underway include the Parking and Transportation Center, which will open in December; the terminal apron and taxilane expansion project, which will be completed in two phases with the first finished in summer 2019; and a new terminal parking garage, airport administrative building and pedestrian plaza, set to open in autumn 2020.

Launched in July 2016, BNA Vision is the dynamic growth and expansion plan for Nashville International Airport. Upon its completion in 2023, BNA Vision will include a Parking and Transportation Center, a new Concourse D, an expanded terminal lobby and security checkpoint, a state-of-the-art International Arrivals Facility, an airport administration building, and potential hotel and transit connection.

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With a decade of experience in trade publishing, Hazel first joined UKi Media & Events in 2011 as assistant editor before progressing to editor of Business Airport International. After taking 18 months off to bring up her daughter and try her hand at marketing copywriting, she returned to UKi Media & Events in January 2018 to do what she loves best – magazine editing!

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