Austin airport prepares solicitations for 10-gate concourse, terminal upgrade
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) soon will begin solicitations for the largest improvement program in its history.
AUS is set to advertise for bids this summer for a principal architect/engineer and start procurement for a project management/construction management consultant support in late 2021 as it embarks on its new Airport Expansion and Development Program (AEDP).
The airport revised its Airport Expansion Program following the effects of COVID-19 on air travel and public safety and adjusted for increased passenger activity.
Austin-Bergstrom improvement program rendering
Since March, the airport has experienced significant and consistent passenger growth. According to the latest available data, summer 2021 air travel activity at AUS is on track to match or surpass 2019 air travel activity.
The AEDP aims to increase capacity at the airport by optimizing the Barbara Jordan Terminal, preparing for a new midfield concourse with 10-plus new gates and two new taxiways, and building a new Central Utility Plant to support airfield and utility work.
Work on the Barbara Jordan Terminal will upgrade the existing baggage handling system, implement ticket lobby modernization technology, conduct environmental assessments, and increase interim gate capacity.
Subject to passenger activity triggers, the new midfield concourse will feature additional gates and concessions, a below-grade passenger connector, and a utility and baggage tunnel.
As part of the environmental review process, AUS will host a public scoping meeting in fall 2021 and a public hearing in late 2021 to seek feedback from the public on a range of environmental topics related to development construction projects.