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Hensel Phelps Awarded $2B New Terminal Project at John Glenn International Airport

Photo courtesy of Gensler with Moody Nolan
Photo courtesy of Gensler with Moody Nolan
Photo courtesy of Gensler with Moody Nolan
Photo courtesy of Gensler with Moody Nolan
Photo courtesy of Gensler with Moody Nolan
Photo courtesy of Gensler with Moody Nolan
COLUMBUS, OH — The Columbus Regional Airport Authority (CRAA) selects Hensel Phelps as its Construction Manager at Risk (CMaR) on its New Terminal Project at John Glenn Columbus International Airport. Hensel Phelps teamed with Columbus-based general contractor Elford, who will be an integrated partner throughout the project. The Hensel Phelps | Elford team will provide preconstruction and construction services for the project. The CMaR team partnered with several Ohio-based Diverse Business Partners (DBP)/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)-certified small businesses who will be integral during the preconstruction phase of the project.

The milestone project marks the beginning of Hensel Phelps’ relationship with CRAA and Elford, as well as its presence in the Ohio market.

“Elford is thrilled to partner with Hensel Phelps, America’s No. 1 airport builder, to serve CRAA as the construction manager for our new airport terminal," said Mike Fitzpatrick, President at Elford. "We are honored to join a dynamic group of talented community leaders and a world-class design team to build a new hub that will serve as Central Ohio’s connection to the world for generations to come.”

The project scope includes the replacement of an existing terminal, which opened more than six decades ago in 1958 and has served more than 8 million passengers annually. Designed by Gensler in partnership with local architect Moody Nolan, the new 1-million-square-foot terminal will increase its capacity to service more than 13 million passengers annually. Following the completion of the new terminal project, the existing terminal will be demolished.

The new passenger terminal will be located on International Gateway across from the existing consolidated rental car facility (CONRAC). It will be comprised of five primary components which include a pedestrian bridge, an entry canopy and head house, a marketplace, and east and west concourses. The pedestrian bridge will connect the terminal to the CONRAC and parking garage. The canopy will run along the north facade of the terminal and extend over four lanes of traffic. It will feature a 74-foot, cantilevered structure with an exposed back span extending into the head house. The marketplace will serve as a central gathering area and provide views of the airfield to the south. It will house a dining area surrounded by concessions and freestanding retail pavilions. The east and west concourses will house secondary retail and concession spaces and will hold rooms in addition to boarding gates.

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Planning is currently in the design development phase. Future phases of the project are under development. Construction is slated to begin in late 2024 with an anticipated opening date between the end of 2028 or the beginning of 2029.

“We are truly honored to be selected as CRAA’s partner on a landmark project that will transform the future of aviation in Columbus," said Matt McCaulley, Director of Operations at Hensel Phelps. "We found an ideal local partner in Elford. They bring values that align perfectly with ours and a 113-year history in the Columbus region. Together, we are committed to fulfilling CRAA’s vision for the New Terminal Project in a way that is collaborative, inclusive, and maximizes benefits to local business and the Central Ohio community.”

Key Features
  • Levels: Two-floor terminal for passengers and a third floor for administration
  • Program: Terminal, concourse, concessions, ground transportation center, public safety building, concessions warehouse, landside roadways, airside apron and taxiway, and connecting pedestrian bridge
  • Gates: 36, which will accommodate A320 and 737 aircraft and will include two international arrivals gates and Federal Inspection Services facilities
  • Checkpoints: One, consolidated to offer clarity and efficiency
  • Remain overnight aircraft parking positions: 18
  • Maximum annual passengers: Capable of 13 million
  • Sustainability: Aircraft hydrant fueling system, reclaimed water, LEED sustainable design profile
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