There’s rarely a time at Memphis International Airport (MEM) when there’s not some sort of construction going on, but the current activity is quite unprecedented, with approximately $500 million dollars in various projects current taking place. MEM receives no local tax revenue for any of these projects.
Here’s a recap of our latest construction activity, all of which is creating a new future for MEM, its passengers, and its tenants.
Concourse B Modernization
Despite the pandemic’s effects on passenger travel, Memphis International Airport’s (MEM’s) concourse modernization project continues to progress. With exterior work nearly completed, the focus of the project has shifted to the interior of the redesigned concourse, with tasks including the installation of metal framing, finishes and ceiling tile.
Other current work includes installation of terrazzo, storefront/glazing, and electrical and mechanical systems. Apron pavement has been replaced around the concourse, and the airport has installed the jet bridge foundations and associated utilities. This includes the recent installation of a new passenger jet bridge at gate B-3. The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-2021.
The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority Board of Commissioners recently approved a contract with seating manufacturer Arconas to provide new gate hold room seating. Each seat will feature a cup holder and electrical connection, increasing convenience for passengers.
In June, the MSCAA board approved five new public art selections, which were recommended by a selection committee led by the UrbanArt Commission (UAC). All of the submissions are led by local artists. The artwork includes a suspended sculpture project for the Southeast Concourse, wall-bound artwork at the security checkpoint, and three translucent glass artworks in the waiting areas between restrooms on the Concourse.
The multi-year, multi-phase plan will involve the modernization of the spine and east leg of MEM’s B Concourse as well as consolidation of all airline, retail, and food/beverage businesses into the remodeled concourse. The redesign will include the addition of wider corridors, moving walkways, larger boarding areas, higher ceilings and increased natural lighting. The project will also feature much-needed seismic upgrades.
Approximately 50 feet of apron pavement around the building was removed to allow for the new building structure. The project is scheduled for completion in early 2021. See more about the reinvention of the MEM travel experience here!
Airfield Maintenance and Warehouse Facility
Construction is underway for the new Airfield Maintenance and Warehouse Facility. The major sitework items are completed and the contractor is now working on the building. The project is expected to be completed in early 2020. The facility will house the Airport Authority’s airfield maintenance area, Memphis Airport Police, Communications Dispatch, Operations staff, and Procurement staff along with the warehouse. The facility will also serve as a base for emergency and snow operations.
Consolidated Deicing Facility (Phase II)
The Consolidated Deicing Facility will provide airlines with a centralized location to perform their de-icing operations during winter weather. Construction on Phase I of the project is nearly complete. Phase I involves the relocation of Louis Carruthers Road and the construction of two taxiway bridges and one vehicle bridge. The bridges will allow for aircraft and vehicle connection between runways at MEM, which is necessary for the facility’s operation. Phase II construction, which consists of the deicing pads and associated infrastructure, has begun The project is scheduled to be completed in 2022.