Designs Unveiled for
New Customer-centric Ground
Memphis International Airport has unveiled artist renderings and details for the new Memphis International Airport Ground Transportation Center. The Center will be a complete, full-service facility for ground transportation needs at the airport and will offer unsurpassed service and convenience to travelers and car rental companies.
The Ground Transportation Center, located between the existing three-level parking deck and the new 336-foot airport traffic control tower, will feature seven levels of ground transportation services. Designed with a unique 40-foot tall depiction of the airport flying music note logo, and built with an attractive outer skin of perforated metal panels that allows dramatic screened lighting, the Center and new control tower will present a striking and highly attractive new first impression upon entering the airport via ground transportation.
Rental car companies will be able to house all of their customer service operations within the Center, including rental operations, return services and quick-turnaround vehicle service. Approximately 1,250 rental car spaces will be available. The complete auto rental capabilities will eliminate any need for shuttle buses for the rental car companies.
The center will also offer 4,500 parking spaces for passengers. All spaces in the new Ground Transportation Center will be economy parking with “on airport parking, at off airport prices.” The services will include options for valet parking, where additional options such as auto detailing and oil changes can be offered.
The Center will be connected to the Airport Terminal with an 840-foot-long series of moving sidewalks, under attractive weather-protecting fabric canopies, and landscaped for maximum visual effect as passengers approach the distinct martini glass architecture of the terminal building. The moving walkways will occupy space down the center of the current parking deck. The existing parking deck will be renovated and remain for short-term parking, premium long-term and accessible parking.
Flintco, Inc. has been selected as the general contractor for the $89 million project. Walker Parking Consultants is the lead designer. Construction is scheduled to begin in March, with completion targeted for spring 2012.