Terminal One

Mobile Downtown Airport, Mobile, AL

Cost $4.5M

Project Description

In February 2018, the Mobile Airport Authority (Authority) completed a feasibility study which determined that there would be an advantage in shifting commercial air service from Mobile Regional Airport to the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. To implement the findings of this study and begin the movement of commercial air service over to Brookley, the Authority committed to a “temporary” terminal building (Terminal One), which would provide limited commercial service at Brookley (Mobile Downtown Airport). In October 2018, at the request of the Authority, AVCON assembled an architectural/engineering team and started working with the construction manager-at-risk (CM@R), to complete the design and construction of this facility. An aggressive design and construction schedule was needed to meet airline scheduling requirements, which included a hard-opening date of May 1, 2019.

The project consisted of renovations to an existing metal building. The existing structure did not include space conditioning and was utilized as a storage facility. The building was renovated and reconfigured to accommodate two commercial service gates with associated hold rooms and facilities, airline ticket counters, rental car counters, concession areas, bathrooms, TSA screening areas, baggage make-up areas, baggage claim areas, new curbside, and a new parking lot to accommodate passenger vehicles and rental cars. Design was completed in less than three (3) months, construction was completed in less than four (4) months, and the entire project (start of design to terminal opening) was completed in less than six (6) months. With the first outbound flight by Frontier Airlines on May 1st, the Mobile Downtown Airport (BFM) became the Gulf Coast’s newest commercial service airport.

Project Highlights

  • HVAC
    • Energy modeling to achieve an energy efficient building envelope and confirm equipment sizing
    • Air-cooled packaged split system units with ductSox fabric air distribution
    • HVAC control system
  • Plumbing
    • Sanitary waste and vent, domestic water piping, and hot water heating systems to serve the concessions, break areas, and restrooms
    • Providing natural gas service for gas-fueled emergency generator
    • Design of a storm drainage system for the outgoing baggage handling space with oil water separator as coordinated with the architect and civil site designer
  • Fire Protection
    • Design of a wet type automatic fire sprinkler system in accordance with NFPA 13 and 415
  • Electrical
    • Power distribution
    • Emergency power generation
    • Interior lighting
    • Parking lot lighting
    • Apron high mast lighting
    • System grounding
  • Low Voltage
    • Fire alarm
    • Video surveillance system
    • Public address system
    • Telecommunications