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Ford Airport designs new concession area and sit-down restaurant

December 20, 2012
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Gerald R. Ford International Airport is served by seven passenger airlines with 120 daily scheduled nonstop flights to and from 23 major market destinations. Photo via fb.com

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.

 Gerald R. Ford International Airport new concession area
A rendering of the new concession area that will be beyond the planned single security checkpoint at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The conceptual design features waiting areas, a bar, coffee shop and a winery restaurant at the far left. Courtesy Architectural Alliance

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