$85 million Concourse C construction ranks as Anchorage's biggest project this year and next

PHOTO/Ed Bennett/For the Journal
The new concourse at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport will see major construction this summer as part of a $230 million, six-year airport renovation. The project is the largest construction job in Anchorage and is one of the state’s top projects.

The new concourse is expected to be ready by summer 2004.

"The goal this summer is to get the building enclosed so they can work through the winter," said Dave Eberle, central regional director for the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

Work started in 1999 when regional airlines were relocated and the old Concourse C they had been using was demolished. Roads have been upgraded during the last two years. Construction this year and in 2003 focus on rebuilding Concourse C. Renovations to the existing terminal could start in 2004 and continue through 2005.

The project is expected to be a major source of construction industry job growth in Alaska for 2002 and 2003, according to the Department of Labor’s Economic Trends report for May. Work on the national missile defense project in Fairbanks is another. The $85 million Concourse C work is the single largest project in Anchorage in 2002 and 2003, according to the report.

Once completed, the Anchorage domestic terminal will total 804,000 square feet with 23 gates and 20 regional airline parking positions. The new terminal area and Concourse C add 447,000 square feet to the existing facility. The project also expands baggage claim and ticket lobby areas and doubles the curbside area for dropping off and picking up passengers.

Airport revenue bonds issued in 1998 and 1999 and a federal grant in 1998 delivered $230 million in funding. Of that, $137.8 million is dedicated to replace Concourse C; $33.7 million is for terminal renovations; $31.9 million goes to road and parking improvements; $25 million is for improvements to areas used by aircraft; and $1.6 million covers financing costs.

Kiewit Construction Co. is the general contractor on the two phases of Concourse C work. Phase one, the foundation and structural steel work, is nearly complete. Phase two, to complete the building, started in May, Eberle said.

The contract is scheduled to be completed in December 2003, although that could continue into early 2004 because of changes in permits, he said.

Railroad depot ready by fallBy Nancy Pounds
Journal Assistant Editor

Construction on the Alaska Railroad Corp.’s new passenger depot at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport could be complete this fall and start serving passengers next summer.

Work this summer aims to finish the $28 million depot structure at the Anchorage airport, said railroad spokesman Patrick Flynn.

The airport rail station project is funded by the Federal Railroad Administration, according to the railroad’s annual report.

Located adjacent to the parking garage, the depot has an elevated track from the 17,300-square-foot depot descending to join a route parallel to International Airport Road.

Builders will install two bridges this month as part of work on the route, Flynn said. One bridge spans Aircraft Drive, and another bridge carries outbound track from the terminal, he said.

The bridges were built at the Port of Anchorage. The Aircraft Drive bridge was scheduled to be installed June 6, while the other bridge is due to be put in place June 12, Flynn said.

Also this summer, railroad officials hope to have the pedestrian tunnel to the airport terminal in place.

Work also is under way to improve the track spur from Minnesota Drive to the airport depot. That project also uses federal railroad funds.

Construction on the depot is mostly complete, and protective plastic coverings should be removed by mid-June, Flynn said.

Those changes were made after a structural review. Builders have reinforced steel columns and other parts to meet review terms, said John Faunce, construction manager with Parsons Brinckerhoff Construction. There was no need to replace trusses and other supports, he said.

In summer 2004 remodeling is expected to begin on the ticket lobby, Concourse B and the exterior facade to match the new concourse, Eberle said. That work will take one to two years, he said.

"Right now we’re looking at what the scope of that work will be," Eberle said.

Concourse C work now employs about 100 contractor employees, said Donn Ketner, the state’s terminal redevelopment project director. Employment should peak later this season at 200 workers, he said.

"From here on out, it’s going to be a pretty fast pace," Ketner said.

Kiewit was awarded the phase two contract last September. The contract includes $8.8 million for a tarmac apron addition and $76.7 million for the concourse building.

This summer Kiewit aims to enclose the main part of Concourse C between the existing terminal and new mechanical rooms, he said. That work includes electrical and mechanical installation plus concrete deck work, roofing, exterior framing, and installing and starting new boilers for winter construction heat.

The new concourse adds two new baggage carousels. Outbound baggage areas will meet a new federal requirements for explosives screening by late 2002, he said.

Moving walkways will be installed in the new concourse.

One feature of the new concourse is a two-story central entrance area where airport visitors converge from the terminal to the parking garage and train depot. It will have skylights, two glass elevators, escalators and stone floors, Ketner said.

"It’s going to be a beautiful building," he said.

On May 29, Kiewit poured the first concrete floor for Concourse C phase two. Similar work will continue every other day, project officials said.

Kiewit also is handling earthwork and fuel-line installation as part of airport apron work adding 350,000 square feet. Apron construction continues through 2005, he said.

The renovated terminal will have a new retail area, a central security station and a glass-enclosed observation deck. Five jet positions were relocated for the project and another four were added for total of nine, Ketner said.

Designs include expansion of ticket lobbies and baggage claim possibly by 2015 and a plan for adding more gates.

06/09/2002 - 8:00pm