Thanks in part to mild winter weather, construction on the new terminal at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport is running a little ahead of schedule, an airport authority official said Friday.
Approximately 40 percent of the new concrete foundations have been completed and 80 percent of the utilities are in place for Air Capital Terminal 3. Work on the $101.5 million project – a two-story, state-of-the-art terminal – began in October.
“We’re slightly ahead of schedule,” said Pat McCollom, program manager for the new terminal.
Before long, the work will start to take on form beyond concrete foundations because steel will start arriving at the end of the month, McCollom said. The building’s structural steel framing will continue into June.
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Over the next couple of months, planned construction includes more foundation work, finishing the bases to the floor slabs and building a tunnel.
The public can observe the construction progress through three Web cameras installed near the site. Images from these cameras can be found at www.flywichita.com/terminal-web-cam.php. The cameras take pictures every 15 minutes and have a time-lapse function, which allows the viewer to see the progress over time on the website.
The existing terminal, built in 1954, will remain in place until the new one is ready to open in 2015.
Plans for the new terminal began in 2001. The project is funded by a user-based fee system and a $53 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The terminal will be able to handle 2 million passengers annually at 12 gates, with the option to expand to 16 gates that can accommodate an additional 400,000 passengers annually.