Major Expansion Underway at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

by Mike Hunter 

A new 30,000-square-foot terminal is part of a $25 million construction project that has begun at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, with McCarthy Building Companies as the project’s general contractor. The project, being partially funded by a federal grant from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will provide Gateway Airport with a larger, modern, energy-efficient and ADA-enhanced commercial passenger facility designed to accommodate future growth. The new addition will replace a 13-year-old temporary structure.

Currently, the airport’s terminal has 10 gates, but overall capacity and efficiency is limited by the current 10,000-square-foot temporary structure. New airlines, new flights and record-setting passenger activity require the airport to expand its terminal to keep up with its growing popularity.

The new terminal expansion will be connected via an impressive glass walkway and will include new retail and concession space. Demolition of the temporary facility is planned for December and the project is expected to be completed by February 2024. The airport and DWL Architects + Planners began designing the new facility in the summer of 2022 and, through a competitive bid process, selected McCarthy Building Companies as general contractor in August 2021. 

Gateway Airport is served by five domestic and international airlines offering nonstop jet service to more than 50 popular destinations across the U.S. and Canada. The airport welcomes nearly 2 million passengers each year and contributes approximately $1.8 billion annually to the regional economy. 

The airport will be fully operational during the construction.

Photos courtesy of McCarthy Building Companies

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