Ford Airport designs new concession area and sit-down restaurant
Conceptual designs for the new single security checkpoint leading into a new concession and retail area at Gerald R. Ford International Airport were introduced this week by Minneapolis-based Architectural Alliance.
The project — which should decrease congestion and create a better security checkpoint flow for passengers — involves a build out of the exterior wall of the Grand Hall. The Grand Hall is currently the location of the waiting area and gift shop.
Current concession options are minimal within the concourses, and the design includes plans for a sit-down restaurant at the airport as well.
The airport is also planning to implement a new de-icing system, construction of two new gates in Concourse B and re-construction of the terminal runway ramp or "apron." The projects are expected to cost $43.4 million over the next five years.