MBJ: Memphis airport modernization plans evolved for ‘new vision’
As the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority finalizes design concepts for the consolidation and modernization of the B Concourse, could new construction be on the table?
Plans for Memphis International Airport have changed since the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) unveiled its initial, $114 million Concourse Modernization effort two years ago.
The vision will be quite different from the architectural renderings previously released, which added on to a lot of the existing infrastructure. Brockman hinted by phone Tuesday, Aug. 2, that the latest plans call for new construction.
“The new vision will reflect a little more newness — not as much of the existing facility will remain,” Brockman said.
The MSCAA is getting ever closer to being able to roll out its own comprehensive vision, similar to the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority’s $1 billion BNA Vision announced Aug. 1. The emerging Memphis-Nashville rivalry stems from pride and competition, which helps drive the MSCAA’s visioning process for its own facilities, Brockman said.
The new vision is to create something even more open then the first concept, with more natural light, greater areas of openness and higher ceilings over the moving walkways. Brockman is waiting to present the new vision to the public until he’s confident the costs are reasonable and rational.
“When we can get to a cost that will reflect what we get when we bid, then it will be time to roll everything out,” Brockman said.
Architects and engineers are anticipated to give the MSCAA an update on the latest modernization effort costs by early September.