San Antonio hires design firm to begin planning for airport’s Terminal C

The San Antonio City Council on Thursday approved the first major contract to begin work on the airport’s 20-year, $2.5 billion improvement plan.

The board voted unanimously to hire architecture and design firm Corgan with project subcontractors Flato Lake San Antonio architects and transportation planners Kimley Horn of North Carolina, and eight others. The group will develop a plan for a new Terminal C at San Antonio International Airport.

Airport officials have selected the partners’ offer more than six other proposals.

The three-year contract for terminal planning services is valued at $3.8 million, including $2.5 million from the airport’s improvement and contingency fund in the capital improvement budget 2022-2027 and $1.3 million subject to annual city budget approval.

The new terminal is part of the first set of projects included in the strategic development plan which was approved by the city council in November 2021. Terminal C is expected to be completed by 2028.

“This company is committed to helping us make important decisions now that will keep us on schedule and on budget for the next five years,” said Jesus Saenz, director of airports.

Corgan has worked on more than 200 airports worldwide and planned 8.5 million square feet of terminal projects over the past five years, including those at Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport and the airport LaGuardia in Queens, New York.

The design firm will provide architectural design for major portions of Terminal C in preparation for environmental assessments. He will also update cost estimates for design elements and make recommendations on project phasing and procurement strategies.

“The San Antonio area has a rich history and diverse culture and airport passengers deserve a quality experience that embraces that sense of place,” said Corgan Director John Trupiano. “We will create memorable and positive brand equity while improving functionality and operations.”

In recent months, air travel has begun a slow and steady rebound from historic lows during the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, San Antonio airport had 767,099 passengers, a 40% increase from the same month in 2021.

Airlines are also increasing their flights and adding routes. In May, Frontier Airlines launched twice-weekly nonstop service to Atlanta, and on June 10 the airline plans to offer three weekly flights to Philadelphia and increase direct flights to Las Vegas.

Southwest Airlines added more daily flights to Cancun this month and new Saturday service to Albuquerque. Delta announced it will resume nonstop service from San Antonio to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on September 13.

Pre-solicitation meetings are planned in the coming months for several other contracts that are key to the airport improvement plan.

These jobs include Executive Program Manager, Principal Architect, Program Management/Construction Management, On-Call General Engineering Consultants, Pavement Management Maintenance Services, Ground Loading Facility and a baggage handling system, and more.

Michael J. Chiaramonte