Vision 2030 – From the Roadway to the Runway, the next step in Charleston International Airport’s transformation, is now under way in preparation for construction of a new 3,000-space airport parking garage.
“We knew long ago we needed more parking to accommodate our customers. That has become even more evident recently. Our deck and surface lot fill routinely now. This has caused us to open our remote parking more often and well before the busiest travel times during Thanksgiving and Christmas,” said Paul G. Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority.
Construction started in July on the first phase of the airport parking expansion project. The cell phone waiting and remote/seasonal parking lots are getting an overhaul. More parking will be created and, more significantly, parking that will ease the crunch when construction begins on a new parking deck in early 2019.
This all comes on the heels of the now completed Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program (TRIP) that renovated the entire airport. By its completion in October 2016, planning was already under way on the airport parking expansion – which is part of a master plan of projects addressing the airport’s growth over the next five to 10 years. said Aviation Authority Deputy Director Hernan E. Peña Jr., who oversees airport engineering and construction.
“We saw nearly 4 million passengers in 2017 and expect even more in 2018. Continued steady enplanement growth means our airport needs to be ready to accommodate that growth,” Peña said.
Construction on the cell phone waiting and remote is expected to be done before Thanksgiving, one of the airport’s busiest travel times of the year.
Banks Construction is performing the first part of the parking renovation while LS3P Associates in Charleston serves as the architectural design firm.
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