Terminal 1 Progress: A Whole Lot Of New

After a break from construction photo updates during the holiday travel season, I laced up my construction boots this week, put on my hard hat and ventured over to Terminal 1 to document the progress of construction. Being winter time, I wasn’t sure how many visual changes had occurred over the past two months, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Our last photo update in late October was just about at the end of major demolition work. Over the holidays, it looks like crews have completed a lot of utility, pipework, ductwork and other things that wouldn’t make for too thrilling a photo shoot. Work on these necessary pieces of infrastructure is still ongoing, but you can also now see a lot of “new” elements coming into view.

The work to modernize Terminal 1 is far more than a paint job and new carpet. Since major construction began in July, the building was stripped down to the steel skeleton and floors. Walking through the building today, you can see a whole lot of new coming into focus.

Welders join sections of steel on an extension of the security checkpoint floor.

Welders join sections of steel on an extension of the security checkpoint floor.

There are new sections of floor that will expand the security checkpoint. Crews are framing new restrooms and an extension of the building is nearly complete, which will allow for a new inline bag screening system, which opens up space in the lobbies by allowing the large explosive detection machines to be installed out of sight.

In the coming weeks, a large canopy system will start to rise on the front of the building. This great addition will cover the passenger drop-off and pick-up lanes as well as the commercial curb, where you will catch busses, hotel vans and shuttles. Later this year, you’ll be able to see the installation of the new exterior of the building.

We’ll do our best to post photos every week. Our latest photo series is now up on our Facebook page. You can also check out renderings of the completed Terminal 1.

About Andrew Sawyer

Andrew Sawyer is the External Communication Specialist for the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority and 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 assists with many other things, from media relations to event planning. In fact, he has an advanced degree in "other duties as assigned."
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