Multimillion dollar renovation of Charleston International Airport moving along

Published: Apr. 30, 2014 at 12:06 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 30, 2014 at 12:27 AM EDT
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Buildings are starting to take shape three months into a nearly $200 million renovation project at the Charleston International Airport.

"It's a very exciting project," said John Connell, Deputy Director of Engineering and Planning for Charleston County Aviation Authority.

It's business as usual at the airport.

"We've moved construction around to make sure that the airport operates efficiently," said Connell.

New buildings part of the renovation project at the airport are taking shape. Steel beams are being put in place for Concourse A.

"That will house the consolidated screening area," said Connell.

All of the security checks will be done in one place.

Connell said, "Much different than today where there's two screening check points."

Connell says the new design will make it more convenient for flyers.

"Once they're screened, they'll have free access between concourse A, concourse B and a lot more available concessions to them," said Connell.

The steel frame over at Concourse B is now coming together.

Connell said, "The addition is going to add five additional gates. That'll take the terminal from 10 to 15 gates total."

Flyers will get on and off planes from this concourse.

The baggage claim is also being overhauled.

Luggage will go from underneath the airport into the newly upgraded baggage pick up area and a third carousel is almost done.

"We expect to open it by the end of next week," said Connell.

The pieces of the puzzle are coming together on the outside of the building as well.

Connell said, "The first piece of the terminal construction is in place with the opening of the rental car pavilion."

This section is a preview to what flyers can expect the rest of the building to look like.

Connell said, "A lot lighter, brighter, a lot of glass, natural light, tall ceilings and the finishes including the terrazzo floors are going to really modernize and update the airport."

Construction will be done fall of next year.

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