GSP to launch $102 million facelift in 2012

GSP to launch $102 million facelift in 2012

GSP's new look

GSP’s new look

An artist’s rendering shows the new ticketing area of the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport’s main terminal after a $102 million renovation project.

Last Modified: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 9:21 p.m.

In the coming year, the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport will begin a major facelift.

A $102 million renovation project for GSP’s 49-year-old main terminal building has been cleared for takeoff by the airport’s commission.
The project is aimed at improving the regional airport’s passenger flow, operational and energy efficiency, and ability to remain in compliance with higher security standards set by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration.
“We are very excited about this project,” said GSP spokeswoman Rosylin Weston. “It’s important that GSP is able to meet the travel needs of the community. Air service is also one of the determining factors for companies considering expanding or relocating to an area. That’s why it’s so important for us (to upgrade).”
Early estimates put the project’s price tag in the neighborhood of about $99 million. The reason for the variation in cost in the final budget was due to inflation and increases material costs, Weston said.
A bulk of the funding will come from GSP, she said. The airport will pay for roughly 30 percent of the project with money from the Airport Improvement Program, a federal program that provides funds to airports to help improve safety and efficiency.
GSP will not have to use bonds or loans to complete the project, Weston said.
Construction is slated to begin in late 2012, right around the time the airport will celebrate its 50th birthday. The project is expected to wrap up in 24 to 36 months.

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