Coming Together: A Terminal 1 Time Lapse

Looking at Terminal 1 today, it’s hard to believe that construction began just a year ago this month. I didn’t realize just how much change could happen to a building in so little time. The building is coming together and looking great.

The first week of construction, when crews were literally beginning to pull the carpet out of the building, we had the idea to document the progress via time lapse photos. The idea was to go to the same spot every week and take photos. While we haven’t made it every week, you can definitely see the evolution of the building.

Below is a video of a year’s worth of construction in the ticketing lobby. The shots are from the same spot, but the zoom is a little different from shot to shot. You’ll see the red and blue finish coming down, the walls blocking security open up and a new escalator and staircase be put into place. After the video, scroll down for more construction updates.

So, what else is happening at Terminal 1?

  • You may have noticed the large canopies over the curbsides. Now that the steel is in place, crews are working on pouring concrete under the canopies for new sidewalks.
  • The building is now fully enclosed and the air conditioning has been turned on. (For me, this has been the best milestone yet!)
  • The ceiling grids are being installed along the concourse. In the gate waiting areas, the ceilings are angled and much higher than before.
  • Contractors are busy assembling the automated bag handling system. It looks like a giant blue puzzle, but the many sections of conveyor belt will take your bags from the ticket counter, through a screening process and to the make-up area. There, it will be loaded onto tugs for your flight.

Let me know what you think of the time lapse video. Would you like to see more areas of the building? I’d also like to know what you’re interested in about Terminal 1 as we move closer to completion.

About Andrew Sawyer

Marketing Communications Specialist Andrew is the main writer for RDU’s website, electronic communication and airport publications. He’s also the primary face behind RDU’s social media channels. Andrew also helps with other things, from media relations to ordering office supplies. Just don’t ask him to get coffee.
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11 Responses to Coming Together: A Terminal 1 Time Lapse

  1. Sean says:

    will there be an updated time lapse when its done? this is awesome!

  2. unique12b says:

    I wish you would give us just (1) shot per week of the progress being made from different locations :)

  3. Bill Marley says:

    Any chance Southwest/Air Tran will lease all of the gates and establish a mini-hub at Terminal 1? What are the plans/possibilities for the northeast and southeast ends of the terminal?

    • Great question! We don’t see that happening soon, but we welcome Southwest to expand their presence here. The terminal is being renovated with future growth in mind. Once construction is complete, we will work on a plan for the demolition of the north end of Terminal 1, which make take a little time before that happens. The south end has been shuttered for a few years and will continue to be. There are no immediate plans for that section of the building.

  4. Which airlines are planning to move into the new section of Terminal 1? Also, will Southwest/Airtran stay where they are right now or will they move into the new section?

  5. quadz08 says:

    As a frequent Southwest flyer who moved to the Triangle after construction began, I have a few questions:
    1 – When is construction looking to be finished?
    2 – Is terminal 1 being designed similarly to Terminal 2? (I’ve long thought that Terminal 2 is one of the most beautiful and spacious airports in the country.)
    Thanks!

    • Welcome to the Triangle!

      1. Terminal 1 is set to reopen on March 2. Then you’ll access the terminal directly from the parking garage via an underground walkway, which is part of the renovation project.

      2. No, it won’t be a copy of Terminal 2, as this is just a modernization and renovation project. But, we’re really excited about the look, feel and travel experience through Terminal 1. We’re sure that you’re going to love it.

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