The terminal redevelopment project at Charleston International Airport has been honored by its peer airports in the southeast for outstanding architectural renovation.
The Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (SEC-AAAE) presented the best Commercial Service Airport – Architectural Project award during its 2017 annual conference held in April in Knoxville, Tenn. The organization represents more than 550 members and 88 airports in the southeast U.S.
“This award is a testament to the hundreds of people who worked on what is a total transformation of Charleston International Airport, from the architects and designers to the construction crews to the Aviation Authority staff that oversaw the day-to-day planning and progress,” said Paul G. Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority.
The $200 million project included new construction - rental car pavilion, consolidated security checkpoint and central energy plant – as well as expansion from 10 to 15 airline gates. All new passenger boarding bridges, baggage carousels and baggage handling systems were also installed. All new shopping and dining concessions were opened, and the 30-year-old terminal was transformed from a dark, cramped space to an open, sleek, modern and bright facility accented by Charleston architectural details and two-story windows curbside and airside that allow natural light into every corner of the facility.
The terminal redevelopment project was designed by Fentress Architects. General contractor was Austin|Hitt Joint Venture. Mead & Hunt was project manager.