Terminal Improvements

John Wayne Airport (JWA), owned and operated by the County of Orange, continues to improve its facilities while keeping passenger convenience, safety and service in mind. This page is designed to provide information about construction activities that may impact passengers in and around the Thomas F. Riley Terminal and/or those driving near the Airport. Visit this page regularly for construction updates.

TERMINALS A AND B IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT

The Thomas F. Riley Terminal (Riley Terminal) opened to the public on September 16, 1990. Terminals A and B included 14 commercial passenger gates, four baggage carousels, two airline club lounges and a variety of food and gift concessions.

In 2005, the County began a multi-year effort, the "Airport Improvement Program" (AIP), to construct a series of new facilities: Terminal C, Parking Structure C, Central Utility Plant and South Remain Overnight (SRON) Apron.

When major elements of the AIP were completed in 2011, the County began to plan for improvements to Terminals A and B to ensure the aesthetics and amenities in those facilities matched the standards set in Terminal C.

In early 2016, the County initiated the Terminals A and B Improvements Project - a phased endeavor with numerous safety, code compliance, comfort, convenience and aesthetic improvements which include, but are not limited to:

  • Terminal Restroom Refurbishment
  • New Nursing Mother's Lounge and Animal Relief Area (ARA) Construction
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Upgrades
  • Interior Signage and Wayfinding Improvements
  • Vaulted Ceilings and New Paint
  • Lighting Renovations
  • Marble Floor Improvements
  • Seismic Retrofit of Structural and Nonstructural Items
  • Fire Code and Life Safety Upgrades
  • Roofing Repairs
  • Carpet and Ceiling Tile Replacement
  • Skycap Area Upgrades

Funding for this project is included in the FY 2016-2017 adopted budget for the Airport Operating Fund and Airport Construction Fund, and will be included in future budget years. Construction is expected to continue through 2019.

All Gate Areas
Terminal concourse improvements include vaulted ceilings, new carpet and paint, lighting renovations, interior signage and wayfinding improvements.

Terminal concourse improvements Terminal concourse improvements
Terminal concourse improvements Terminal concourse improvements

Gates 3 and 4 work includes drywall installation, painting, lighting, new carpet, and heating and cooling improvements. Work is completed by phase to retain adequate lighting and convenience for guests.

Work enclosure located between gates 3 and 4. Work enclosure located between gates 3 and 4.

Refurbished Restrooms
The existing Departure (upper) Level restrooms across from Gates 8 and 9, and the Arrival (lower) Level restrooms in baggage claim were reconstructed to meet all current accessibility codes. Each restroom received a complete fixture upgrade. All new toilets, urinals, flush valves, sinks, faucets, soap and towel dispensers installed were selected to meet current ADA codes.

Refurbished restrooms across from gates 8 and 9 and the Arrival (lower) Level restrooms in baggage claim. Refurbished restrooms across from gates 8 and 9 and the Arrival (lower) Level restrooms in baggage claim.
Refurbished restrooms across from gates 8 and 9 and the Arrival (lower) Level restrooms in baggage claim. Refurbished restrooms across from gates 8 and 9 and the Arrival (lower) Level restrooms in baggage claim.

Minor aesthetic modifications to the restrooms at Gate 1 and International Arrivals Area to maintain current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

Minor aesthetic modifications to restrooms at Gate 1 and International Arrivals Area to maintain current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards.

Terminals A and B Security Checkpoint Areas
The work enclosures located near Terminals A and B security checkpoints are construction work areas to service the ongoing nighttime upgrades and are strategically placed out of the way of daily Terminal operations.

Work enclosures located near Terminals A and B Security Checkpoint areas. 

Terminal A Baggage Claim and Airport Administration Entrance
Improvements behind this large work enclosure include nonstructural seismic bracing of utilities, heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrades, ceiling and lighting improvements that, when completed, will provide a brighter and quieter sidewalk along the Arrival (lower) Level roadway.

Work enclosure located at Terminal A Baggage Claim and Airport Administration Entrance.

A New Nursing Mother’s Lounge
Mothers traveling through John Wayne Airport have access to a new Nursing Mother’s Lounge. Located post-security near Gate 12, the private space features comfortable seating, a sink with running water, electrical outlets, adjustable lighting and artwork from JWA’s annual aviation-themed student art contest.

Nursing Mother's Lounge Nursing Mother's Lounge
Nursing Mother's Lounge

A New Animal Relief Area
The installation of a new animal relief area located in the secure area of the Riley Terminal across from Gate 12 was completed in November 2016. The area is equipped with synthetic grass, waste disposal bags, a wash down hose and drainage.

There are also animal relief areas on the Arrival (lower) Level, outside of Terminal A near the entrance to Parking Structure A1 and outside of Terminal C near the entrance to Parking Structure C.

Animal Relief Area on secure side of Riley Terminal.

Ticketing
Terminal B ticketing area is receiving a general aesthetic facelift including new paint and new light fixtures.

Terminal B ticketing area receiving a general aesthetic facelift.

Seismic Retrofit
Welding is ongoing at columns throughout the interior and exterior of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal to ensure all structural elements of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal meet the most stringent safety and seismic standards.

Seismic Retrofit at columns throughout the interior and exterior of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal. Seismic Retrofit at columns throughout the interior and exterior of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal.
Seismic Retrofit at columns throughout the interior and exterior of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal. Seismic Retrofit at columns throughout the interior and exterior of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal.

Baggage Carousels 3 and 4 will undergo structural seismic retrofits to the columns.  Each carousel will be out of service (one at a time) during construction.

Baggage Carousels 3 and 4 will undergo structural seismic retrofits to the columns.

Questions?

If you have questions about projects underway at JWA, please contact us at info@ocair.com or
(949) 252-5200.