This hole in the wall is actually welcomed. Project representatives used hammers at Tucson International Airport on Monday to deliver ceremonial blows marking the start of renovations at an airport where Sundt has twice performed work.
The gap was created behind the present location of the American Airlines bag-check counter. Part of our TIA work includes turning walls into windows to offer more light and views of the airfield.
The $28.3 million project, dubbed “A Brighter TUS,” also includes:
- Expanded and relocated security checkpoints.
- Improved concession spaces, including a pre-security restaurant and gift shop in the center gallery.
- More post-security amenities, including a business center and children’s play area.
- Expanded areas and seating following security checkpoints for passengers to more easily collect their belongings.
- Major infrastructure upgrades, including electrical and mechanical system replacements throughout the terminal and central plant.
Much of the work will be performed during off-peak hours to minimize passenger disruption. TIA serves an average of 3.6 million passengers every year. The project is scheduled to be complete by November 2017 in time for the holiday travel season.