A $3.8 million maintenance project to rehabilitate and repair two of three parking garages is underway at Will Rogers World Airport. The project will make improvements to garages A and B:
• Garage A is the two-story garage. The upper level provides hourly parking for the airport’s short-term visitors. The lower level services the “ready-return” spaces for the rental car agencies.
• Parking Garage B, adjacent to A, is the older of the two, five-level parking structures and provides covered parking for air travelers. Garage C, the new parking garage which opened in 2009, will not be impacted.
Nearing middle age, (Garage A is 44 years old and Garage B is 31 years old,) the structures will undergo rehabilitation, repairs and upgrades that will extend the long-term use of the facilities. The work will include:
• Repair of concrete walls and pillars, specifically where there are cracks or spalling (chips of concrete that have broken off) and other deterioration
• Replacement or repair of exterior stairs
• Replacement and upgrade of all lighting circuits
• Replacement and upgrade of all lighting fixtures
• The top levels of each garage will receive new expansion joints, membrane coating, waterproofing and protectant to prevent leaking
The project will be divided into 12 sequences allowing the airport to keep as much of the garages open as possible. Most of the sequences will only require closing about 300 spaces at a time, leaving approximately 2,500 of the 2,800 total spaces in the two five-story garages available for parking.
The most challenging portion of the project will be when the work commences on the two-story parking garage. During this sequencing, hourly parking and rental car companies will be moved to temporary locations in Garage B and C.
While most of the work seems a bit mundane, it is work that is critical to maintaining the long-term usability of the building. The most visible improvement for customers will be the new LED light fixtures. The new lighting will use one-third less energy and have longer life, but more importantly for customers, it will provide brighter light throughout the garages.
Areas under construction will be fenced off for the safety of customers and vehicles. Directional signage will be placed throughout the garage to assist in guiding people. Additional parking personnel will be patrolling the garages to assist parkers with directions or questions. When needed, the overhead signage on Terminal Drive will be changed to direct people to the right lanes and entrances.
Project work will start in the five-level Garage B on levels one and two. The entire project is anticipated to take 18 months.