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Expansion of Albany airport moving forward

Dec 08, 2022 12:45 am

Michael DeMasi is reporting for Albany Business Review the planned $100 million expansion of the Albany International Airport terminal is expected to break ground in late spring 2023 and be completed by late 2024. The Albany County Airport Authority December 5, formally accepted a $60 million state grant toward the construction budget. Federal infrastructure and airport improvement funds will cover the remainder, according to spokesperson Doug Myers. The CHA engineering firm of Colonie will design the project. The drawings and specs have not been finalized, so the project has yet to be put out to bid, Myers said. The expansion will be built in front of the 290,000-square-foot building in the area of an existing pedestrian bridge that connects the terminal to a parking garage. That bridge will remain in place until construction is completed. The 30,000-square-foot expansion will allow more room for the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint on the second floor of the terminal, along with a bigger area for picking up or dropping off passengers. The space will also accommodate more concessionaires, such as food vendors. The airport authority also approved hiring Fennick-McCredie Ltd. of Boston to design two more boarding gates in Concourse A. The concourse expansion is part of the airport's long-term strategy to attract more airlines. The larger concourse will include a new business center, "quiet room" to accommodate people with special needs, and a children's indoor playground. Federal infrastructure funding will cover part of the cost. Read more in the Albany Business Review

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