Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) is undergoing a major final expansion to adapt the increasing passenger traffic.

The FWA terminal expansion forms a major function of the Projection Gateway programme which also includes terminal frock improvements and installation of canopies and solar panels at the car rental space in the airdrome premises.

Operated by Fort Wayne-Allen County Aerodrome Authority (FWACAA), the airport handled more than 791,810 passengers in 2019.

Project Gateway is part of the airport’s master plan study unveiled in March 2012. Design works of the expansion commenced in August 2019 and the commencement stage of design was completed in December 2019.

Fort Wayne Airport last expansion project

FWA aims to expand its rider terminal building to support the growth of Fort Wayne and the development of an improved terminal is the centrepiece of the Projection Gateway. The concluding expansion project will involve renovations on the west and due east sides of the terminal.

The aerodrome operator issued a request for proposal for a construction managing director for the upgrade and expansion of the west terminal in Feb 2020.

The west expansion volition include the addition of a new checked luggage inspection organization (CBIS) area under the concourse. It volition as well improve circulation around the ticketing counters, allowing more space for passenger queue lines.

The concourse will be extended from the cease of the existing portion, while additional hold room space and boarding bridge will be built at the southern end of the apron.

A new security screening checkpoint volition exist established as function of the east terminal stage. The passenger movement will be towards the southward of the checkpoint. A composure expanse with glazed walls will be created on the southward facade for providing views of the airfield.

The east expansion of the concourse will add actress hold room space and a boarding bridge forth the south face. Passengers arriving at the aerodrome volition pass through an exit lane breach control corridor before reaching the vertical circulation cadre that will provide expanded space for improved and comfy experience.

Concessions at the basis level will be situated betwixt the security screening checkpoint and the area designated for meters and greeters. A cardinal concession area will exist created on the concourse level to provide food and drinkable options.

Parking and apron renovation details

FWACAA held the basis-breaking anniversary of the parking lot renovation projection in April 2020. The works under the project mainly include the replacement of the existing asphalt and enhancements to the current parking lot.

Construction on the new last frock improvement project started in March 2020. The terminal apron improvement project received a federal airport improvement projection (AIP) grant of $xiii.5m. Information technology is being carried out under the East and W phases, with the majority of the works scheduled for completion in Oct 2020.

The east phase of the apron improvement project volition mainly include expansion of the terminal ramp, rearrangement of perimeter road and fencing, and landside service vehicle road. Grades volition be adjusted and some of the concrete panels will be replaced on the east side of the concluding apron.

Works on the west side will involve removal of jet blast fence and adjusting grade changes between the two ramps. The stage will also include the replacement of asphalt surfaces with physical surfaces.

Other improvements at Fort Wayne Airport

The airport will be installed with new canopies which volition rotate 90° and class a cantilever over the route. Diagonal kickers will exist placed on both sides of the truss to provide support to the beams and ensure lateral stability.

The new kerb-front at the airport’s main entrance will feature a curved roof and clerestory to highlight the key glazing expanse on the northern façade of the airdrome and let the entry of natural low-cal into the structure. The remaining portion of the roof will be built as a flat aeroplane.

A layer of horizontal slats will be used to partly screen the stair tower bulldoze. The kerb-forepart model will include further glazing and clerestory through to the ticketing lobby and pillars.

A new concluding entrance road was constructed in Jan 2019. It leads to the chief terminal edifice and creates new entrances for all the parking lots. The projection also involved the installation of new signage, LED lighting, and improvements to cell telephone lot.

Contractors involved

Superior Construction received the contract for executing the terminal apron comeback project. Crosby Excavating was the general contractor, while Passero Assembly performed the engineering works for the terminal road structure project.

Mead & Chase was selected past FWACAA to set up the pattern for the west expansion phase of the terminal. Viridian Architectural Design also supported the design process of the final expansion.

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