Terminal A Renovation Completed in Summer 2014
Completed in Summer 2014, renovation of the 30-year-old Terminal A building commenced in October 2012, two years after the newly constructed Terminal B opened. Over the phased construction, a brighter, modern terminal has emerged with all-new finishes, fixtures and furniture in all public areas. Funded through user fees and tenant rentals, the $35.6 million renovation project has modernized the terminal’s hold rooms, restrooms, ticket lobby, baggage claim area and food courts. New signage, ticket counters, escalators and terrazzo flooring throughout complement the finishes in Terminal B. The project design team was led by RS&H, an international full service design, engineering and consulting firm that specializes in aerospace, aviation, defense, transportation, health and sciences. Serving as the project’s general contractor, Texas-based Spawglass has more than 60 years experience in building, design, project management and contracting.
More than a makeover, today’s Terminal A points to a better customer experience from beginning to end. At the heart of the facility, the terminal’s ticket lobby, with its now iconic vaulted ceiling, retains its original volume and structure but gleams with contemporary finishes and amenities. The security checkpoint and queuing has been repositioned and redirected for a more efficient use of the space. The terminal’s gate concourse gives way to updated food courts and a large selection of new and favorite dining options, shops and services. Gate hold rooms are well-appointed with new seating and multiple access points for electricity. Overall, the facility’s brighter, lighter finishes create a sophisticated, modern energy throughout the public spaces.
Public and dining areas in the terminal boast new furniture, lighting and flooring, while retail shops and eateries also received new store fronts. As part of the airport’s new Concessions Program, managed by prime concessionaire HMS Host and joint-venture partner chef Johnny Hernandez, Terminal A received several new stores and restaurants. In addition to Chef Johnny’s concepts – La Gloria, The Frutería and Mission City Icehouse – new names at SAT include Cinnabon/Auntie Anne’s and La Tapenade. HMS Host also introduce San Antonio-based Steak ‘n’ Shake and a renovated Famous Famiglia in the terminal’s smaller food court. Although a separate project, the concession program’s new stores and eateries in Terminal A had phased openings during the renovation.
Also, Terminal A’s Customs area has undergone superficial upgrades and is slated for a much-needed renovation beginning in 2015. Recent runway upgrades, a Consolidated Rental Car Facility projected for a 2017 completion and a new dedicated Customs Federal Inspections Services Facility for private general aviation, scheduled to open in 2016, round out SAT’s ongoing improvement projects. SAT’s commitment to continuous improvement of its facilities is directly linked to the organization-wide pledge to provide a first-rate customer experience. Investment in the airport’s infrastructure paves the way for future success for the San Antonio Airport System, while supporting the progress and economic development efforts of the city of San Antonio.
General Contractor: Spawglass
Design Team: RS&H
Project Cost: $35.6 Million