Birmingham, Al – The Birmingham Airport Authority Board of Directors briefly met today in a regularly scheduled meeting.
Jeff Hart, project manager with Brasfield&Gorrie/BLOC, updated the board on the project’s construction progress. To date crews are still on target to finish exterior walls and sheathing by the end of the year. Exterior wall panel work has started and finish work is scheduled to begin in January. Tom Wesley, Project Coordinator for the Birmingham Airport Authority, reviewed the project’s financial status to date. “The budget for the Project remains on track with the projections established at the beginning of the project,” said Wesley. The status report illustrated a two percent overall increase in the amount of contracts paid over last month.
The board approved to use of Authority contingency funds to purchase X-ray screening equipment required by Customs and Border Protection for operation within the new Federal Inspection Station. The Rapiscan x-ray equipment will be used to screen large parcels and baggage for inbound international flights to Birmingham.
The $201.6 million Terminal Modernization Project includes a Federal Inspection Station for Customs and Border Protection in the airport. “As we continue to market for direct international passenger and cargo service to and from Birmingham, it’s important for us to have all the necessary tools in place to be successful,” said Mr. Al Denson, Birmingham Airport Authority President and CEO.