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Ford airport begins $30M project

March 26, 2018
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Gerald R. Ford International Airport is beginning its next construction project.

The airport said today it has started a $30-million reconstruction of the terminal apron, the area where aircraft are parked, unloaded or loaded and re-fueled.

The construction will be completed in seven phases over the next two years to allow for adequate gate space for air carriers.

The project is not expected to have an impact on passengers, but onlookers may notice activity from the Airport Viewing Park, Indoor Observation Area and concourse hold rooms.

“Our goal is to do this project with as minimal impact to the passengers and our airline partners as possible,” said Jim Gill, president and CEO, Ford airport. “We are due for an upgrade to our apron area, and our staff has done a tremendous job of maintaining this pavement for years, but it is important to keep up on these repairs and excel in our operations.”

The project will remove aging concrete pavement and replace it with 153,000 square yards of new concrete for future airport development and aircraft loadings.

The amount of concrete being placed equates to a nearly 250-mile stretch of four-feet wide, four-inch thick sidewalk — enough to walk from the airport to the Mackinac Bridge.

Ford airport is also installing all new LED lighting in the apron area to reduce energy usage and upgrading the storm water drainage system and underground utilities to accommodate future airport development.

“We recently completed phase one of our Gateway Transformation Project — giving an upgrade to the indoor part of our facility,” Gill said. “Now we move into the airside area upgrades. Safety and security are our first priority, and we are working closely with our all of our tenants, contractors and staff to ensure a smooth transition.”

Kentwood-based Kamminga & Roodvoets is the project’s contractor.

Syracuse, New York-based C&S Companies is the project’s architect.

Of the total project cost, 90 percent is being financed by FAA funding, 5 percent is through MDOT funding and 5 percent is from airport revenue.

Project updates are available at the airport's website.

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