Work on new $1 billion airport terminal on schedule for February 2019 completion

Article reprinted from Kenner Star November 2017 Edition – “Work on new $1 billion airport terminal on schedule for February 2019 completion”

The top official at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport says that work on the new $1 billion North Terminal is on schedule for planned completion by February 2019.

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport Director of Aviation Kevin Dolliole said construction was shut down on several occasions during hurricane season when threatening storms veered to the east and west of Kenner but now, with hurricane season ending, work is proceeding. We were especially concerned about our cranes which are vulnerable to hurricane-force winds said Dolliole, we moved them to safe places and briefly terminated work. But, fortunately, as everyone knows, the hurricanes were near misses. The construction manager for the consortium of Hunt Gibbs Boh Metro has been very flexible and his good decisions have allowed us to stay on schedule

Dolliole is in his second stint as director of aviation at Armstrong International. He held the post in an interim capacity in the 1990s before leaving for airport executive posts in San Antonio, Texas and St. Louis, Missouri.

“As we enter November, our construction crews are busy,” said Dolliole. “The elevated roadway is being laid. The roof is going on parts of the terminal. The garage is 60 percent complete. The glass curtain walls are being installed. Work on a new roadway that will connect the terminal to I-10 and Veterans Memorial Boulevard is beginning. And our partners at the city of Kenner have approved a $6 million contract that will fund the work.” The new access road will be built in two phases. The first phase calls for construction of a four-lane divided roadway with bracketed sound walls from Veterans Boulevard and Loyola Drive alongside Aberdeen Street to the new terminal. The second phase would see the intersections of Veterans, Loyola and I-10 tweaked to accommodate the access road.

The $1 billion terminal, one of the largest public construction projects in Louisiana history, will include two concourses with 35 gates, amenities such as restaurants and shops, and a 2,000 car garage. The immense project enjoys the support of Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn and the Kenner City Council. Dolliole points out that even operating in the old terminal that dates back to 1947, Armstrong International is one of the nation’s fastest growing airports with more direct flights than ever before. In 2016, the airport served a record 11.1 million passengers. “We feel confident that we will set new records for passenger volume beginning with our first year in the new North Terminal,” said Dolliole.

Dolliole says the greatest impact for the city of Kenner will come from the new airport pumping station. The new airport pumping station will take rain run-off and discharge it over the levee wall. Constructing the North Terminal is a major feat which has taken much assistance and coordination from many entities including the Kenner Police Department, who has helped to ensure that traffic in the city has not been affected in any major way due to the construction. With an average of 750 workers on the site most days and the delivery of materials, this has been no small task for either the construction manager or police, said Dolliiole. Each of the 7,500 piles that the new terminal is built over were delivered piece by piece and an average of 2,000 yards of concrete are being laid each day.

“This is a truly remarkable construction project involving thousands of individuals,” said Dolliole. “Its positive impact will benefit Kenner, New Orleans, Jefferson Parish and all of Louisiana for many decades to come.”

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