::RDU's New Terminal C Building Underway
By Raleigh Chronicle Staff And Wire Reports
Friday, May 25, 2007
RALEIGH -- The new Raleigh-Durham International Airport Terminal C complex is well underway, with steel supports and structural components already installed.
The massive new structure will be completed in 2010 and will feature a large open atrium that will be 60 feet high and will give the airport much needed space to grow.
When completed, the new Terminal C will be three times its original size. The terminal is located in a separate area across from the main section of the airport known as Terminal A at the airport.
According to one report, when completed the Terminal A and Terminal C sections will be renamed Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
Airport designs say that the new terminal will feature unique wood structural components as part of the design.
"The major architectural elements of the building combine wood, glass and steel to reflect the region's history of craftsmanship and hi-tech influences," says the airport about the new design.
The airport also hopes that the expanded areas will help speed up everything for the RDU fliers.
Three check-in islands will each feature 20 traditional airline counters and there will be ten instead of five security checkpoints. In addition, when finished, a new federal inspection facility for international travelers will be five times larger than the current one and will allow for the processing of twice as many passengers per hour, says the airport.
The entire Terminal C project is expected to be finished and operational in 2010, which is longer than previously planned because the expansion plans were increased in scope from the original plans.
Some parts of the terminal will be open and operational though in 2008. ::