Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority (FWACAA) has awarded Michael Kinder & Sons (MKS), in partnership with Flintco, the role of Construction Manager for their West Terminal Expansion and Renovation Project. Earlier this year the Airport Authority announced plans to launch Project Gateway, a traveler-focused initiative comprised of several projects surrounding the terminal complex. Project Gateway includes; the airport terminal apron expansion and upgrades, the addition of rental car solar canopies, a sweeping parking lot expansion and lot upgrades, as well as the renovation and expansion of the West Terminal.
Following the unveiling of Project Gateway, a vision statement for the project was quickly established - “To enhance and expand our terminal building to support our region’s growth through a best-in-class airport terminal expansion and renovation.”
Scott Hinderman, Executive Director of Airports, stated, “We are excited to bring on a great partner, Michael Kinder & Sons, to our project team. There has been an impressive amount of work completed over the last couple years to advance the terminal expansion. MKS will be a key team player to deliver a best-in-class terminal to Northeast Indiana.”
FWACAA began the terminal planning process in 2017, beginning with the Terminal Area Concept Plan. In May of 2019 the Airport Authority hired Mead and Hunt Architecture to begin the design of the West Expansion. The total project cost is $47,344,039.
The Airport Authority initiated the search for a Construction Manager in February 2020 for the West Expansion portion of Project Gateway, resulting in a partnership with Michael Kinder & Sons (MKS) and Flintco to execute the addition and renovation at 3801 W. Ferguson Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Doug Kinder, MKS President and Preconstruction Manager, said, “The MKS team is very pleased to have been awarded a project that is so important to Fort Wayne. A first-class airport is essential to a thriving community and these changes will definitely take FWA to the next level.”
MKS, a Fort Wayne Construction Management firm, will be leading the project assisted by Flintco, a construction company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This partnership will lend local and national expertise to the project. MKS has over 128 years of Design-Build and Construction Management experience that has helped change the landscape of Northeast Indiana. Flintco specializes in commercial and institutional construction with an extensive background in aviation.
“Flintco is honored to partner with the construction professionals at MKS. I’ll say that as a native of Fort Wayne, I could not be more proud to be part of Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority’s project team to expand and modernize FWA. Of my career in aviation construction, this one certainly feels the best,” said Flintco Vice President and Aviation Market Lead, Chris Johnson.
The West Terminal Expansion and Renovation project is currently in Phase 3 of a five-stage design process. The expansion and renovation will be comprised of an expanded ticketing area, new baggage handling system, additional jet bridges, new holding rooms, expanded/renovated mechanical systems and a modernized interior of the west side of the terminal and front façade.
Construction on the West Terminal Expansion is set to start in the Spring of 2021, with an estimated completion date in Spring of 2023.
About Michael Kinder & Sons, Inc.
MKS is a leader in the design-build industry. Family owned and operated since 1892, we have turned vision into reality through thousands of projects and transformed skylines across northeast Indiana. We have changed the landscape with new industrial facilities, houses of worship, health-care facilities, senior-care residences, college campuses and office buildings. Our single-source approach saves clients time, trouble, and money. We deliver expert assistance with site selection, zoning and permitting, planning, design and construction management. To learn more about Michael Kinder & Sons visit www.kinderandsons.com
About Flintco, LLC
Flintco was founded in 1908 and maintains eight full-service offices in Albuquerque, Austin, Denver, Houston, Memphis, Oklahoma City, Springdale (northwest Arkansas) and Tulsa. We offer preconstruction, construction management, design-build, project, and program management with the capability to self-perform inclusive of concrete, miscellaneous steel and excavations for foundations. Flintco applies Lean principles and practices to improve historically low labor productivity rates in construction. The adoption of an enterprise initiative called Flintco 4 LIFE – Live incident Free Everyday – informs our approach to safety and our culture. For more information about Flintco, please visit: www.flintco.com
About Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport AuthorityThe Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority (FWACAA) was created in 1985 and is responsible for managing the Fort Wayne International Airport and Smith Field Airport. The airport authority is governed by a six-member board appointed by the Mayor of Fort Wayne and the Allen County Commissioners. Serving northeast Indiana and the surrounding region, FWA offers nonstop service to 14 cities on four airlines. In 2019, FWA served 791,810 passengers –the tenth year of consecutive growth. As a result of FWACAA’s commitment to customer service, Fort Wayne International Airport was recognized by USA Today as one of the friendliest airports in the nation. For more information about the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, visit www.FWAirport.com.