If you have flown out of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport lately, you have probably had to change where you get your tickets or check your bags. It is all part of the airport's $200 million renovation.
Airports by their nature are noisy places, but the sounds heard at the airport lately take it to a whole new level. What may sound like a lot of random drilling and hammering is music to the ears of the airport president.
"When it comes together from a holistic perspective, it'll be something we're all proud of," said Al Denson, the Airport Authority's CEO.
The 1st phase of the expansion project includes knocking down the old Terminal A and Concourse B, that is now pretty much done. The first steel beams of the new Concourse A are taking shape. By December of next year, the airport hopes to open a new Concourse A and B, new ticketing counters, and a new central security checkpoint.
"I think it'll make a huge difference," Denson said. "When you go through the centralized baggage security checkpoint, you will be able to go from Concourse A, B, or C without having to be prescreened in another concourse."
The renovation is also being done with the goal of being certified as environmentally friendly. This busted up concrete will be recycled, and the new terminals will use rainwater collected from the roof to power some plumbing.
"It has been done in a very strategic and synchronized fashion so we have the infrastructure in place to make this a world class facility and very competitive," Denson said.
But until it's finished, the airport is hoping you'll come a little earlier for flights, and pardon their mess.
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