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$144M Int’l Terminal Opening Next Month- The Final Stretch

In less than a month, passengers touching down at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will have a completely different first impression of New Providence.

They will arrive at a new 226,000 sq. ft. International Arrivals Terminal housing Bahamas Immigration and Bahamas Customs, a state-of-the-art baggage belt system, four restaurants, bars, lounges and six hotel reception lobbies.

Stage two of the LPIA Expansion Project is set to open on Tuesday, October 16.
This week, Nassau Airport Development Company’s (NAD) Board of Directors, headed by Chairman Anthony McKinney, toured the bustling construction site as contractors put finishing touches on the facilities in time for opening day.  
At the peak of construction, more than 500 workers (70 per cent Bahamian labourers) were on site transforming the former US Departures terminal into a sleek, three-story structure with barrel vaulted ceilings.

The new terminal mimics environmental design features found in stage one construction including large roof overhangs to provide shade and reduce heat-gain, rain water collection, low-flush automatic plumbing fixtures and automatic building maintenance systems to control lighting and cooling.  The exterior design also incorporates a mix of 50 per cent glass and 50 per cent solid walls to maximise light and minimise heat intrusion.
General Contractor, Ledcor Construction commenced work on stage two in March 2011.

To date $38.9 million have been awarded to Bahamian firms equaling 30 per cent of the total value of construction contracts awarded.
An impressive art programme started in stage one expands to include six stunning pieces by local artists Imogene Walkine, Maxwell Taylor, Keisha Oliver, Jolyon Smith and Melissa Maura. The art adds a distinctive Bahamian “sense of place” to the facilities and all of the pieces will be unveiled on opening day.
The final stage in the $409.5 million expansion project, construction of a Domestic and International Departures and Domestic Arrivals terminal, is set for completion in the fall of 2013.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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