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Hensel Phelps Completes Construction of the New Concourse D at Nashville International Airport

NASHVILLE, TN — The Hensel Phelps | Fentress Architects Progressive Design-Build Team is celebrating the successful opening of the new $292-million, 302,400-square-foot Concourse D and Terminal Wings Expansion project at Nashville International Airport.

Due to the unprecedented growth of the region, the Nashville International Airport (BNA) embarked on an aggressive seven-year plan to rapidly expand the airport’s capacity, while maintaining day-to-day operations. The Concourse D and Terminal Wings Expansion Project is a major project of the program, dubbed “BNA Vision”.

The 115,000-square-foot Concourse D features six domestic aircraft gates, public art, and a variety of traveler amenities. In addition to the new concourse, the project expanded the airport’s Ticketing Lobby and Baggage Claim by adding 200,000 square feet of space to the north and south ends of the terminal. Other components of the project include remodeling 136,000 square feet of existing terminal space and the construction of an 11,000-square-foot Central Utility Plant.

As the new structures came online through the complex phasing of construction required at an active high-volume airport, the Hensel Phelps team successfully orchestrated the relocation of every airline’s ticketing operation and TSA security screening without interrupting a single flight. The relocation of ticketing and TSA sets the stage for the third project of the BNA Vision, the $330-million, 780,000-square-foot BNA Terminal Lobby and International Arrivals Facility, which was awarded to Hensel Phelps in November 2018.

The BNA Vision encompasses $1.4 billion of concurrent projects executed by four prime contractors. Each project is design-build and requires weekly program coordination meetings between the prime contractors and BNA to ensure that construction, site utilization, and utility shut-down and start-up activities are sequenced accordingly to not disrupt airport operations and each project's schedule.

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“This is an extraordinary accomplishment. Concourse D was BNA’s first progressive design-build project in their Vision Program," said Scott Shelby, Operations Manager, Hensel Phelps. "The complexity and speed of a project of this scale at one of the fastest growing airports required a true partnership between the BNA staff, the Hensel Phelps design-build team, our local trade partners, and SMWBE firms. To be able to progress from the start of design 900 days ago to today and deliver to Nashville this expansion of world class quality while maintaining an outstanding safety record is extremely gratifying."

Hensel Phelps' partners included: Fentress Architects, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, I.C. Thomasson Associates, Collaborative Studio LLC, Logan Patri Engineering Inc., Nashville Machine Company Inc., Wolfe & Travis Electrical, Cooper Steel, RC Mathews, ISEC Inc., JW McDougall, Maxwell Roofing, Physical Security, Elite Flooring, David Allen Company, Dannix Painting, Zoeftig, AERO Bridgeworks, Premier Fire, Cape Fueling, and Hi-Way Paving.

Hensel Phelps worked with 70 Small, Women, and Minority Owned Business (SMWBE) partners with contracts totaling $55 million. The local small business partners included Don Hardin Group, Southeastern Constructors, Utopia Building Group, Pillars, EJO Ventures, Demo, and Dennis Concrete.

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