Nashville International Airport Concourse D and Terminal Wings

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville International Airport Concourse D and Terminal Wings

2021 | Aviation | National Award — Excellence | National Award — Merit

Nashville International Airport Concourse D and Terminal Wings

The BNA Concourse D and Terminal Wings project set a new standard for progressive design-build. In just 29 months, the design and construction of this 302,400 sf project— which includes 240,000 sf of new work and renovation of 93,000 sf in the existing active terminal— were completed. Due to the unanticipated 15% increase in passengers per year, the team incorporated over $70M of additional scope to adjust to this growth without affecting passengers, airport tenants, or the schedule. The team successfully relocated every airline’s ticketing operation and TSA security screening without interrupting a single flight. The team and stakeholders colocated to efficiently incorporate the changing scope of the project while ensuring adherence to design intent and the original BNA Vision. The design-build Team succeeded due to the level of trust between partners and the ability to be flexible to the continual project changes.

Music City’s Concourse D Goes Out on a High Note

For the majority of tourists traveling via air, the airport is their first step to experiencing everything Nashville has to offer. The project team aimed to give the nearly 19 million annual passengers a Music City experience before they even set foot outside the airport. To do this, BNA embarked on an aggressive seven-year plan to increase the terminal’s capacity, create greater system reliability/redundancy, and shift ticketing and TSA security out of the center of the terminal to allow for renovation and extension, all while maintaining day-to-day operations. The design-build team demonstrated their dedication to supporting small and local businesses by contracting $146 million to local trade partners and $78 million to small businesses— thereby surpassing all small business goals set by MNAA. This project created approximately 2,100 jobs and contributed about $92 million back to the local economy. Additionally, the team’s partnership with 413 Strong allowed them to provide training programs and publicize upcoming construction opportunities to at-risk men. Through a combination of innovation and tested strategies, Concourse D achieved LEED Silver certification and is projected to be 17% more energy-efficient than ASHRAE baseline, saving the Airport almost $60,000 in energy costs annually.

Design-Build Team

Client/Owner: Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority
Design-Build Firm: Hensel Phelps
General Contractor: Hensel Phelps
Architect: Fentress Architects
Engineer: Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Specialty Contractors: GNS Mechanical Systems, Isec, JCI, Langan (Geotechnical Engineer), Nashville Machine, Wolfe and Travis
Construction Duration: 25 Months
Project Cost: $269,200,000.00