Austin’s newest airport, Austin Bergstrom International Airport, was built on the site of the former Bergstrom Air Force Base. It serves the 31st largest metropolitan area in the United States and includes two runways and three helipads on more than 4,200 acres. The airport opened in 1999 and reflects Austin’s unique environment with live music and local foods.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
Shortly after its completion, Goodwin Engineering was hired by the City of Austin to develop an MEP system’s Master Plan for the facility. This included improvements for the existing MEP systems to accommodate the City’s ever-changing needs as well as future requirements. Engineering projects at the airport are unique in that they are conducted in a secure environment, and security is always at the forefront during design and construction stages. Goodwin conducted thorough field surveys throughout the facility, met with city engineering and airport staff, and developed a comprehensive MEP master plan the addressed the needs of the facility.
Using the plan, Goodwin implemented three phases of engineering projects over several years. These included the following:
- Improved maintenance access for HVAC equipment
- Entry airlocks
- A new dog walk park
- Concession improvements
- New guard station
- Apron level expansion
- Firefighting facility exhaust capture systems
- A new water softening plant
- Replacement terminal monitors
- New security station monitors
- Jet bridge improvements