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Airport board votes to add clerestory in Concourse A

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By Liz Segrist
Published Jan. 27, 2015

Charleston International Airport’s board gave approval Thursday to move forward with adding a clerestory in Concourse A.

The skylight feature adds windows that run near the top of Concourse A’s walls up to its ceiling. The clerestory will let more light in and maintain design uniformity throughout the airport since Concourse B will have one as well, according to Hernan Pena, committee chairman for the Terminal Renovation and Improvement Program.

Concourses A and B in Charleston International Airport will feature clerestory designs to let more light into the renovated airport. (Rendering/Fentress Architects)Concourses A and B in Charleston International Airport will feature clerestory designs to let more light into the renovated airport. (Rendering/Fentress Architects)

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The feature was included in the original designs of the Trip plans but was later eliminated during contract negotiations, Pena said.

The Charleston County Aviation Authority board unanimously approved the committee’s recommendation to add it back and authorized airport staff and airports director Sen. Paul Campbell Jr. to move forward on the design, cost estimates and construction of the clerestory in Concourse A.

The preliminary cost estimate is $1.6 million for the design and its construction and testing, according to Sean Tracey, the airport’s special projects director.

“In order to get this done on time, we need to get this moving,” Tracey said after the board meeting.

The overall renovation project is set for a Nov. 6 completion, which was pushed from September after several change orders. The clerestory in Concourse A is scheduled for completion in January 2016, Tracey said.

When the airport's makeover is complete, it will have four clerestories altogether. In addition to the newly approved one in Concourse A, there will be clerestories in the Concourse B extension, one in the existing Concourse B, which will be renovated, and one near the ticketing area.

The ongoing renovation overhaul at the airport is approaching some additional construction milestones in the next few months.

The third baggage claim is set to open Feb. 3. The Concourse B extension, administration area, consolidated security checkpoint and the next phase of the ticketing area are expected to open by April, said Matt McCoy, program manager with Michael Baker Corp.

The former United and JetBlue ticket counters should be renovated in the spring for American Airlines and US Airways, followed by Southwest in July and Delta in September. Additionally, Silver Airways will soon renovate its ticket counter space for its new nonstop flights from Charleston to Tampa and Orlando, Fla., which begin in March.

“We are getting people to flights on time during construction. It is a challenging project,” McCoy said.

Six board bridges have been installed in Concourse B as work continues toward opening the first airline in the Concourse B extension at the end of March.

Reach staff writer Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119 or @lizsegrist on Twitter.

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