Steel has been chosen for one of two new security checkpoint buildings being constructed above the Terminal B/C Arrivals roadway at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia.
This work will continue through most of the year, according to the airport. Once the steel is fully framed, the buildings will be outfitted with electro-chromatic glass, to augment interior temperature control.
Once operational, the new 50,000ft2 (4,645m2) checkpoints will expand screening capacity and create a seamless environment between Terminal B/C (Gates 10-45) and the new 14-gate concourse.
By relocating the existing security checkpoints, passengers will be able to move freely between gate areas and enjoy all the amenities the airport offers without having to be re-screened. The resulting terminal reconfiguration will give passengers an improved post-security experience — alleviating gate area congestion while expanding access to a variety of shopping, dining and seating options.
The checkpoints will be built above the existing arrivals roadway. The heaviest construction activity will take place during overnight hours, when passenger activity is lighter. Dustwalls will separate construction activity from public areas so normal terminal and airline operations can continue.
The prime contractor is Turner Construction. Completion is expected by 2021 and the estimated overall cost is US$263m.
Construction of the checkpoints is part of a US$1bn investment to transform the traveler experience inside terminals, at the gates and along the roads. The end result will provide greater connectivity, more shopping and dining choices and a more pleasant post-security environment.
This video shows renderings of the new security checkpoint buildings.