Houston Airport Systems (HAS) has released details of its new vision for the Mickey Leland International Terminal building (Terminal D) at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
HAS will construct a new gateway terminal facility on the site of the existing Terminal D that will include 15 international wide-body gates, spacious ticket counters, an expanded security checkpoint, waiting areas with more light and large windows, modern concessions and larger bathrooms.
According to a report by The Houston Chronicle, the project is estimated to cost US$700m-US$1.5bn. Construction on the 780,000ft² terminal is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2017 and will take five years.
In a statement on it’s website, HAS said, “Terminal D serves as the primary global gateway facility for air travellers in the Houston region but unfortunately, it does not adequately reflect Houston’s current standing as a world leader in business and quality of life offered to its residents.
"It is with this reality in mind, that leaders with the Houston Airport System are moving forward with a dramatic and detailed plan to completely overhaul the Terminal D building at IAH. The existing structure will remain operational throughout the renovation project, but the end result will be a thorough list of aesthetic and operational changes that impact virtually every corner of the terminal building.”
To view more proposed renderings of the Terminal D project, click here.