BIRMINGHAM (WBRC) - The Birmingham Airport will receive its most significant modernization makeover since it was built 80 years ago, after officials broke ground on a $201 million project Thursday morning.
The Terminal Modernization Project will "improve safety and efficiency" at the airport, while improving on its appearance and amenities to aid its international operations. It will include the addition of 19 new gates, centralized baggage screening and parking deck improvements.
Airport officials also plan on having local art and cultural exhibits decorating the interior of the airport, as well as a water feature showcasing local and endangered plants and animal species.
"The modernization and renovation of the BHM terminal is vital for the airport's long term plan because the project will bring international capabilities while remaining cost effective and attractive for airlines to operate from," Al Denson, the president and CEO of the Birmingham Airport Authority said in a release.
The groundbreaking for the three to five year project took place at the site of the original terminal located on Airline Drive.