AZ Big Media Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport to get $25 million expansion

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (Gateway Airport) has selected McCarthy Building Companies as its general contractor to begin construction of a new 30,000 square foot terminal addition to replace a 13-year-old temporary structure. The approximately $25 million project, which is partially funded by a federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Act (BIL) grant, will provide Gateway Airport with a larger, modern, energy-efficient commercial passenger facility and ADA-enhanced, designed to accommodate future growth.

Currently, the airport terminal has 10 gates, but overall capacity and efficiency is limited by the current 10,000 square foot temporary structure. New airlines, new flights and record passenger activity are forcing the airport to expand its terminal to keep up with its growing popularity.

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“Gateway Airport is pleased to begin this important airport facility improvement project,” said Airport Manager J. Brian O’Neill, AAE. “We appreciate the financial support from the federal government and look forward to working with McCarthy Building Companies on this exciting project.”

The new terminal extension will be connected by an impressive glass walkway and will include new retail and concession space. Demolition of the temporary facility is scheduled for December with the project expected to be completed by February 2024. The airport and DWL Architects + Planners began designing the new facility in the summer of 2022 and, through competitive bidding process, selected McCarthy Building Companies. as general contractor in August 2021.

The airport will be fully operational during construction.

“As a resident of Mesa, I am thrilled to be part of the terminal modernization project team,” said Thomas Assante, project manager for McCarthy Building Companies. “The positive impact Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport has had on our community extends beyond being an economic engine and into so many of our lives by providing a convenient way to travel for business and visit to loved ones, and the new expansion will only make that experience even better. With our team’s construction expertise on active airports, our construction strategy for modernization ensures non-disruption to airport operations and a seamless passenger experience. And, once we’re done, it will be even more effective.

Gateway Airport is served by five domestic and international airlines offering nonstop jet service to more than 50 popular destinations in the United States and Canada. The airport handles nearly 2 million passengers each year and contributes approximately $1.8 billion annually to the regional economy.

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