DFW International Airport Launches First Major Construction Phase of $1.9 Billion Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program
Construction in Terminal A begins seven-year renewal and modernization of original terminal buildings
(DFW AIRPORT, TX – May 11, 2011) – DFW International Airport has launched the first major construction phase of its $1.9 billion Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP), a seven-year renovation of the Airport’s four original terminals which originally opened with DFW in 1974. Construction “Phase 1-B” of the TRIP project began today in Terminal A, with Gates A9 through A11 going behind a construction wall to begin renewal, along with one of the three parking garages in Terminal A.
“The construction on TRIP will involve a phased approach, with renovations impacting small sections of the terminal at a time in order to make the transition as seamless as possible to travelers,” said Jeff Fegan, CEO of DFW International Airport. “This work involves tremendous preparation, all of it with customer convenience at the forefront of our planning.”
The TRIP project encompasses the renovations of Terminals A, B, C and E, and includes dramatic improvements for passenger services including ticketing, security and concessions. Plans also include the replacement of terminal systems such as electrical, plumbing, ventilation and other infrastructure.
Design concepts call for more concessions space and the consolidation of concessions areas into villages reminiscent of DFW’s globally acclaimed International Terminal D, which opened in 2005. The concessions villages will be located in close proximity to checkpoints and Skylink stations.
“The TRIP project will create over two thousand jobs over the next seven years, including jobs in design, construction, and contracting work,” said Betty Culbreath, chair of the TRIP subcommittee of the DFW Board of Directors. “Through TRIP, DFW will create lot of opportunities to engage our community in a meaningful and representative way.”
Current plans call for Terminal A to be the first terminal completed in 2014, and the entire TRIP project should be complete by the end of 2017.
“At the completion of the TRIP program, DFW Airport will be one of the most advanced and efficient transportation hubs in the world, with new rail and highway access, and the most modern terminals and the most highly requested passenger amenities,” said Fegan. “All of this work is designed to meet the needs of passengers today and for the next 50 years.”
The TRIP project also has a corresponding information campaign that includes signs and banners, radio and online advertising, collateral materials and a web micro site –www.dfwairport.com/redefine – containing key information and frequent updates on the impacts of construction.