Christensen declared the plan to construct a facility with expanded security screening, enhanced gate operations, efficient baggage handling systems, elevated dining and retail options, and modernized technologies and infrastructure systems. The new terminal and concourses will offer 18 contact gates on opening day, a 50% increase in aircraft capacity, creating opportunities to grow air service to meet the community's needs.
"Today, we crossed the threshold of history as we broke ground on the new terminal, a symbol of progress, innovation, and the unwavering commitment to serve our community as an economic engine," said Jake Christensen, Board Chair of the Des Moines Airport Authority. "The groundbreaking marked the beginning of a transformative journey that will not only redefine our airport but lift the passenger and air travel experience in Iowa."
In attendance at the groundbreaking were Lift DSM Terminal Project partners from Anser Advisory, HNTB, and Weitz | Turner, a joint venture. Anser Advisory serves as the owner's representative on the project, HNTB is the lead architectural firm, and Weitz | Turner is responsible for constructing the terminal and bringing the vision to life.
"Weitz | Turner is excited to partner together and bring in this next chapter of economic growth to the city of Des Moines and the state of Iowa," said Ben Bunge, Project Director with Weitz | Turner. "This new terminal marks a monumental step in the city's ongoing effort to expand its travel offerings to meet the demands of our growing communities. With decades of combined aviation experience around the globe, our team is proud to leverage this expertise to ensure every traveler will have a premier passenger experience at Des Moines International Airport."
Terminal site preparation will continue through spring 2024 when foundations will be set. Following the installation of the terminal foundations, vertical infrastructure will start.