Second phase of construction project starts at Gerald R. Ford International Airport

The second phase of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport’s (GFIA) Gateway Transformation Project (GTP) began on 5 November and will continue through until the summer of 2020.

Construction at the Grand Rapids, Michigan gateway is now focused on the airline ticket counters and baggage service offices, baggage claim, kerbside, and front of house areas.

The airport said the main features will include relocating TSA screening equipment from the airline queuing areas, upgrading the space around the baggage claim carousels, and adding food and beverage outlets and restrooms to the space near baggage claim.

The remodelling will include new terrazzo flooring, new LED lighting fixtures and upgraded signage.

Phase I of the GTP began in December 2015 and was completed in September 2017. The first phase included a consolidated security checkpoint which centralised and combined security screening, along with new retail and concession space business centres, plus rest and nursing rooms.

The second phase construction and design is expected to cost $18 million and generate more than 40 full-time jobs.