Board approval takes the New T1 at San Diego International Airport (SAN) is one step closer to construction.
San Diego County Regional Airport Board of Directors (Board) has approved the maximum contract price and master project schedule for the design and construction of a new airport terminal to replace the existing Terminal 1, along with related improvements.
The Board approved a maximum contract price of $2.6bn for the new terminal. Only one remaining authorisation is needed to begin construction: completion of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. It is anticipated that the FAA will complete its NEPA review of the project later in October and, if so, construction could begin as soon as November 2021.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Airport Authority has carefully and cautiously continued planning for the replacement of our existing, 54-year-old Terminal 1,” said Airport Authority president and CEO Kimberly Becker. “The New T1 will provide the customer experience people expect from San Diego by developing a terminal that is modern, efficient, and built to serve the thousands of passengers expected over the next several years. I want to acknowledge the incredible work done by the Airport Authority team and congratulate them on reaching this milestone.”
As the airport’s only terminal when it was built in 1967, the building served 2.5 million passengers in its first year. In 2019, the same Terminal 1 served more than 12 million passengers.
The New T1 will be delivered by the Turner-Flatiron joint venture. It will offer 30 gates, a refreshed collection of food and beverage, news, gifts, and retail concessions, as well as more security checkpoint lanes. It will also include improvements to the airport’s roadways system, making it easier for all vehicular, bus, bike, and pedestrian traffic to enter and exit the airport. A parking plaza which will handle several ground transportation services.
If all goes as planned, the first 19 gates are expected to be operational in July 2025, with the construction of the remaining 11 gates beginning that same month. The project is expected to be completed in June 2028.
The New T1 project is estimated to create between 15,000 to 20,000 jobs for local workers. Through the Airport Authority’s Small Business Development programme, 25% of the awarded contract value will go to small business enterprises, 80% will go to local businesses, and 3% to US veteran-owned small businesses.