John Wayne Airport has completed the Terminals A and B Improvements Project 16 weeks ahead of schedule and more than $1.08 million under budget. The phased endeavor included numerous safety, code compliance, comfort, convenience and aesthetic improvements.
The project involved completion of approximately 30 individual tasks, several of which were not visible to the Airport’s many travelers, tenants and staff. Throughout the duration of construction, tasks were completed with minimal disruption to Airport service while maintaining a superior guest experience. All work was completed in accordance with an established strict implementation criteria, and adherence to safety was a top priority.
- Upgrades to vaulted ceilings, new carpet and paint, lighting renovations, interior signage improvements and stone flooring repairs.
- Seismic retrofitting on 175 columns inside and outside Terminals A and B, which was one-third of the overall project cost.
- Refurbished restrooms in Terminal A, Departure (upper) Level, and Terminals A and B on the Arrival (lower) Level.
- Nursing Mother’s Lounge and Animal Relief Area added near Gate 12, Terminal B.
- New signage master plan was implemented and new visual messaging screens for hearing-impaired guests were installed.
Nearly all work was completed after-hours and equipment was stored out-of-sight when not in use. In addition, an elaborate scaffold system was designed and enclosed to catch debris and mask views from below. During construction, manpower ranged from 175 to 200 workers per night for nearly three years.