Airport Moves Forward on Terminal, saves $10 mil

by October 11, 2008 • 0 comments

The Panama City – Bay County International Airport Authority has approved the design and construction of the terminal building at its new airport now under construction in West Bay.

The new terminal design includes several improvements and cost saving measures planned to keep the project on budget.

At the request of the Airport Authority Board, the general contractor, Walbridge, worked with the airport’s architect (HNTB), engineer (PBS&J) and construction manager (KBR) to identify cost savings in order to bring the cost of the terminal building within budget.

Through value-engineering, the construction team was successful in lowering the cost by $9.8 million to $58.8 million.

The new terminal will be 125,000 square feet and have 7 gates. The airport aims to have the first LEED certified Terminal Building in the nation, with a state-of-the art storm water management system, extensive use of sustainable materials and a landscaping plan that will not require supplemental irrigation.

“From the beginning of this project we have been focused on two things.  First, we want to build a world-class facility capable of serving our region for decades to come with more flights and lower fares.  And second, we are closely managing this project to ensure our community gets the best value for every dollar we spend,” said Joe Tannehill, Airport Authority chairman.

“We challenged the decision team to identify cost savings while improving the overall design of the terminal.  I’m proud to say they delivered,” said Tannehill.

Last month, the Airport Authority announced its intentions to construct a 10,000-foot main runway, subject to obtaining necessary permits and approvals. The Authority also had approved a thicker runway and centerline lighting to accommodate a 10,000 foot runway.

Construction of the $318 million state-of-the-art airport began in January 2008 and is now nearly three months ahead of schedule. The runway has been graded and paving is scheduled to begin in early October, four months ahead of schedule.

The new commercial airport, the first built in the United States since the mid-1990s, is scheduled to open in May 2010.

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