Having been under construction for two and a half years, the new airport in Panama City is finally about to open. Dubbed Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, the new facility boasts the title of being the first commercial airport build in the U.S. since 9/11. Not only is the new airport expected to change the dynamics of travel to our area, many are expecting increased growth and prosperity that would have been difficult to realize without this new addition to our area.
The grand opening ceremonies are this weekend with the airport being open to the public on Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. But, if you can’t wait, here is a video of the new airport.
Well folks, we’ve done it again. You see them here first – new aerials of the new Panama City Airport have been released and they show the runway extension of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport as almost complete.
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At this morning’s special-called Airport Authority meeting, the only topic on the table was the new name for the new airport. For months, this has been a topic of intense debate and we had a HUGE surge of interest here at pcbdaily just three weeks ago with over 100 comments on the article we published about it.
Clearly the most obvious favorite of the bunch was Emerald Coast International, and this name’s popularity rang true with the Airport Authority’s submissions as well. 5 names total were submitted to the board for review today: Emerald Coast International Airport, Northwest Florida International Airport, Florida International Airport, Florida Beaches International Airport and Beaches International Airport. I was told today that Emerald Coast International could not be used for legal reasons, although I was not told what the reasons were.
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The new Panama City Airport is less than 12 months from completion and the on site action is really accelerating. With new construction milestones being made on a weekly basis, new things seem to be growing out of the ground all the time.
The main 8,400 foot runway is 100% complete with final approval still pending from the FAA on the 10,000 foot extension. I have no idea what the hold up is, only that I’ve been told that it is expected soon (they’ve been saying that for months!). Once the approval comes in, however, construction of the runway extension will take less than 60 days. They are also seeding and mulching the main access road for grass. Sand is being installed on the bottom of Pond C.
The terminal construction is making great progress with the metal framing of the exterior walls in Area A on the 1st and 2nd floor helping to define the overall shape of the building. The roof decking in Area A, B and a portion of C are almost complete. The excavation for the pedestrian bridge construction has begun and the fire sprinkler installation in Area A (baggage claim area) has begun as well.
The existing terminal is just over 55,000 square feet. The new terminal more than doubles the size at 120,000 square feet with ample room for ticket counters, baggage claim, TSA offices, and offices for the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau and a business center hosted by the Bay County Chamber of Commerce.
The air traffic control tower is growing with the structure over 100 feet tall. The final tower will rise 15 stories into the sky.
Contract 1: Heavy Civil and Airfield Lighting
Approximately 80% of the contract work is complete with only 54% of the contract time used.
- 90% of the 15” concrete paving lanes have been placed on 8,400 linear feet of Runway 16-34.
- On Taxiway D and main terminal apron, all lime rock base and the first lift of asphalt paving is in place with the 2nd of four lifts going down this week.
- The centerline cans on the runway are approximately 36% complete.
- The lighting cans in the Touch-down zone are approximately 55% complete.
- Paving will begin this week on the General Aviation Access road.
- 150 pieces of heavy equipment are in operation at any one time with approximately 200 personnel on site for the heavy civil and utilities contracts.
Contract 2: Terminal Building, ATCT and Support Buildings
Approximately 18% of contract work is complete with 22.6% of contract time utilized.
Concrete pouring complete for Level 2 Area A. Shoring of Level 2 Areas B and C continues
Air Traffic Control Tower:
Cutting of auger cast piles to design length is complete. Forming for the pile cap has started.
Air Maintenance Facility:
Forming for pit walls continues.
Air Cargo Facility:
Continuing the installation of the pre-engineered metal building.
Public Safety Building:
Rough-in of the plumbing continues.
Rental Car Facility:
Installation of underground facilities continues.
The average man power on site for Contract 2 per day is 95 people based on a five day work week.
Contract 3: Utility Contract
Approximately 8% of contract work is complete with 11% of contract time utilized.
Main Access Road:
3W2” Power Distribution Duct Bank is 36% complete.
Street light duct work is 50% complete.
24” directional bore is complete.
24” water main is 36% complete.
GA Access Road:
30” water main is 9% complete.
Wet Well is installed.
No talk, all pictures:
This is looking from the south towards the north. The segment off to the right will be the cross-wind runway. To the far left of the property, you can see a portion of the road that leads up from highway 388. The main runway, obviously, is right down the middle.
In this photo, you can see the terminal and main parking area. the upside down U shape is where the terminal will be, I’m not sure that I can tell the overall footprint shape in this picture.
This is looking west from the east, the terminal is on the far side with an exterior service road shown leading to the bottom of the picture.
This picture more highlights the cross-wind runway.