Balfour Beatty JV lands $650m airport job in North Carolina

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Balfour Beatty-Metcon joint venture selected for Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority construction programme.

A joint venture between the US subsidiary of Balfour Beatty and Metcon, in association with Right Build and Varnedoe Construction, have been selected by Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority to deliver a $650m phased construction programme at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) in North Carolina.

As part of its Vision 2040 Master Plan, the work at RDU will support growth in passenger volume and the ability for airport facilities to meet current and future demand for aviation in the ‘research triangle’ region.

Providing construction manager-at risk services, Balfour Beatty/Metcon JV will deliver the expansion of Park Economy 3, improvements to the Aviation Parkway and National Guard Drive interchange and the Terminal 2 Landside Expansion programme over a number of years.

The Park Economy 3 expansion includes expanding the existing parking area and delivering 8,000 additional parking spaces. A multi-level law enforcement and parking operations building will also be constructed with covered walkways, new bus shelters and canopies. Construction activities for the Park Economy 3 expansion will commence in autumn this year with a scheduled delivery in 2025.

The Aviation Parkway and National Guard Drive interchange will undergo capacity and safety improvements at the roadways’ intersection to accommodate increased traffic volumes from the expansion of Park Economy 3 as well as future development along National Guard Drive. The interchange will feature new roadway infrastructure connecting the newly expanded parking lot to Aviation Parkway and a new bridge overpass to allow RDU’s shuttle bus traffic to have an almost continuous, free-flow movement to and from the terminal area to Park Economy 3. The improvements are anticipated to start in 2025.

The Terminal 2 Landside Expansion programme includes three sub-phases – expansion of Terminal 2, the demolition and reconstruction of Parking Garage 1 and 2 and the extension of John Brantley Boulevard – to meet long-term Terminal 2 passenger demand.

The expansion of Terminal 2 includes expanding the terminal’s processor building and the expansion and modification of the landside, FIS (Federal Inspections Station) and CBP (Custom and Border Patrol) areas of the building. The Parking Garage 1 and 2 demolition and reconstruction includes replacing the garage decks with new five- to seven-story decks, and pedestrian bridge and tunnel connections to Terminal 2. Lastly, the John Brantley Boulevard extension involves realigning the main road loop between Terminals 1 and 2 to create space for a future consolidated rental car facility. The Terminal 2 Landside Expansion programme is scheduled to start in early 2025.

“Balfour Beatty is honoured to continue our more than ten-year relationship with Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority,” said Trent Johnson, Balfour Beatty operations director in Raleigh, North Carolina. “Being selected to deliver this major construction programme is a testament to our project team’s ongoing commitment to operational excellence to successfully achieve our client’s programme goals. Balfour Beatty looks forward to working with Metcon, local minority-owned businesses and our industry partners to construct these vital projects that will help to enhance the passenger experience and support current and future demand at RDU,” said Johnson.

The joint venture team will work to achieve Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority’s small and minority-owned business goals to ensure local businesses deliver to the success of the construction programme, with Metcon being the largest minority-owned construction company in North Carolina.