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California’s John Wayne Airport has celebrated the topping out of its new...

California’s John Wayne Airport has celebrated the topping out of its new $200 million Terminal C which is scheduled to open in early 2012.

McCarthy Building Companies is serving as the general contractor for the new 280,000-square-foot, six-gate terminal, which will have three levels and is being built just south of the existing terminal.

When open in 2012, the gateway will boast a total of 20 commercial passenger gates, two of which will be capable of connecting to Federal Inspection Services (FIS) (Customs) facilities allowing JWA to accommodate international flights.

Additionally, new commuter passenger terminals, with space for up to three commuter/regional jets at the north end of Terminal A and three commuter/regional jets at the south end of Terminal C, are being built.

McCarthy is also performing upgrades and renovations to the existing Terminals A and B.

“We are conducting a very detailed plan for the project due to the logistics of building in an operational airport facility; a constricted site bounded by airport operations and roadways; and tight security constraints at the airport,” says Khatchig Tchapadarian, McCarthy’s project director.

With architectural and engineering provided by Gensler of Newport Beach, Terminal C is being built with a structural steel frame and cast-in-place concrete.

Environmentally responsible construction techniques are being used throughout the project including: curbing storm water runoff from the construction sites to prevent discharge of pollutants to the storm drains; recycling 90% of construction-related materials and waste; and dust mitigation activities to minimize air quality effects during construction. Furthermore, some of the structure’s sustainable aspects feature: utilisation of natural lighting and other methods to maximise energy efficiency; as well as a Water Quality Management Plan which incorporates environmental controls into the building designs and specifies the means and methods of pollution control after completion of the buildings.

The project is being funded by a combination of airport profits, general airport revenue bonds, Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) revenues and Federal grant funding.

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