Anyone who’s been in the vicinity of John Wayne Airport over the past couple weeks has heard the proof that we are, literally, breaking ground on two major components of the Airport Improvement Program. Three pile-driving rigs are now working on the sites of the new Terminal C and Parking Structure C. In all, the Airport will drive more than 1,400 piles to help create the foundation for these new facilities. Each pile weighs between 9,500 lbs. and 12,000 lbs. and range in length from 37 to 55 feet each. The piles are made of concrete and reinforced with steel. Each pile is pounded about 50 times before it reaches a maximum depth for secure compaction in the soil. It should take about three months to complete the pile driving and, once that’s complete, the Airport will begin to pour foundations.
Parking Structure C, designed by Walker Parking Consultants, will be a five-level, post-tensioned concrete structure comprising a total area of approximately 725,000 square feet. Swinerton Builders has been selected to construct the facility, which will be one of the first parking structures built in California to utilize a buckling restrained brace (BRB) structural system, a state of the art technique used for seismic reinforcement. When complete, Parking Structure C will provide about 2,000 parking spaces to replace and augment the 1,241 spaces which were eliminated by the deconstruction of Parking Structure B1.
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has been tasked with constructing Terminal C. Designed by Gensler as a multi-level building comprising a total area of approximately 282,000 square feet, Terminal C will include six new commercial passenger gates, a state-of-the-art passenger processing system, additional screening check-points, three new baggage carousels, and new food/beverage and news/gift concessions. Terminal C is being built just south of, and will ultimately connect to, existing Terminal B.
As construction continues over the next two years, and the sights and sounds of the project become more noticeable, visitors are reminded to use caution on airport roadways. JWA is doing all it can to minimize impacts to – and educate – passengers and the neighboring community. Through publications like this, the Airport’s Web site, Construction Alerts and a new Construction Hotline (949.252.5273), JWA is working hard to be sure stakeholders get the information they need about the Airport Improvement Program and have a direct line to share any questions or concerns.