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Ford airport unveils $12.3M makeover

January 29, 2015
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Ford airport unveils $12.3M makeover
Gerald R. Ford International Airport is served by six passenger airlines with 120 daily non-stop flights to and from 26 major market destinations. Courtesy Ford airport

Gerald R. Ford International Airport is celebrating the completion of $12.3 million in renovations and updates to its concourses.

The airport hosted a grand-opening ceremony yesterday to unveil the concourses. Construction on the project began in 2013.

Alliance and TowerPinkster served as the project’s designers, and Christman was the general contractor for the project.

Concourse B

Concourse B received the greatest renovations and updates, which included the addition of two new airline gates, passenger hold rooms and restrooms.

The concourse also welcomed the new MI Tap Room Restaurant & Bar and a Grand Rapids Magazine travel store.

The MI Tap Room features several local Michigan craft beers on tap and a local-themed menu.

New signage, terrazzo flooring, carpeting and gate seating were also part of the renovations.

Concourse A

Though a little less substantial, visitors to Concourse A will find several updates to enhance their travel experience.

Concourse A underwent an expansion of passenger hold rooms, new seating, carpeting, updates to food and beverage offerings and the addition of a business area, featuring expanded workspace and charging stations.

A Grand Rapids Magazine travel store was also added to Concourse A.

More renovations coming

The updates are part of a larger renovation plan the airport is undertaking to modernize its facilities for today’s traveler.

Additional renovations will occur in the Grand Hall, which will be expanded to support a consolidated security checkpoint and additional food, beverage and retail options.

West Michigan celebrated

The pending updates will highlight West Michigan’s unique offerings, such as its Great Lakes and other natural attractions, local craft beer and other local products.

“Our primary goal is to ensure travelers have a positive experience when transitioning through our airport,” said Brian Ryks, executive director, Ford airport. “The airport is the first and last impression when visiting our region, and it is important travelers get a sense of what West Michigan has to offer as soon as they step off the aircraft.”

Updates to Concourses A and B already incorporate the new regional focus.

Along with traditional snacks, magazines and travel items, the Grand Rapids Magazine travel stores, operated by World Duty Free Group, feature a selection of West Michigan-themed products.

Additionally, West Michigan-themed murals featuring tulips, downtown buildings, shorelines and the Calder Plaza now adorn the walls at each gate.  

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