January 2014 Wichita Mid-Continent Airport Parking and RAC Facility Update
While temperatures have gotten colder, work is still underway on the new parking and rental car facility at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. To date, the building pad, footings, and underground utilities have been installed, with columns to support level 2 and exterior ramps being poured as well. Initial floor slab concrete was poured the week of January 27 and will continue, weather permitting, for several more weeks. Aside from the obvious construction area activity, the most prominent feature of the site is the large tower crane overhead. The crane will aid in continued vertical construction on the 4-story garage.
Beyond the parking structure activity, phase 1 of the new airport landscape and irrigation has been installed outside the terminal loop road. Finish work on those areas will wrap up in the spring, as well as commissioning of phase 1 irrigation. The new landscape
features rolling terrain with limestone ledges and groupings of native trees, shrubs, and grasses, all indicative of a Kansas Flint Hills landscape. Final landscaping around the parking garage and surface lot will be completed at a later date as project construction winds down.
Ruggles & Bohm continues to provide on-site construction inspection services as part of our scope of work. As a member of the Carl Walker / Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture team, we provided site surveying and utility mapping, as well as civil engineering, site design, water rights appropriation consultation and irrigation design services. Project completion is anticipated in the first quarter of 2015.
As construction continues, airport visitors are asked to remain aware for construction crews and follow information signage. Airport construction updates and parking information during construction can be found at FlyWichita.com.