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Construction at TUS

A Brighter TUS is an umbrella name that encompasses multiple construction projects taking place in 2017 at Tucson International Airport. They include the Terminal Optimization Project (TOP); new food, beverage and retail concessions; and installation of solar canopies over the parking lots in front of the commercial airline terminal.

Construction Updates for Passengers

  • April 18 – TSA Security: New Security Checkpoint for B Concourse is opened. Alaska, American and Delta passengers enter new checkpoint at west end of terminal. …more 
  • April 10 – Parking: Construction begins on installation of solar canopies in Hourly lot. Some spaces are unavailable. If lot is full, alternate short-term parking is available in Daily lot or Garage. …more
  • April 1 – Parking: Installation of solar canopies completed in Daily lot. All spaces available for parking. …more


Terminal Optimization Project

The Terminal Optimization Project (TOP) includes relocation and improved capacity for the the TSA Security Screening Checkpoints, expanded space for post-security passenger amenities, upgrades to critical building infrastructure and systems, and maximizing use of under-utilized space. The completed project extends the useful life of the terminal and provides TUS customers with a world class experience.


Project consists of:

  • Relocating and expanding the security checkpoints to either end of the terminal. Room for the checkpoints will be expanded to allow for four lanes to improve efficiency of the screening process.
  • Improving concession spaces, including the addition of a pre-security restaurant and gift shop in the center gallery.
  • Adding post-security amenities for passengers, including concessionaire options and a designated area for a business center and children’s play area.
  • Adding a “composure area” for passengers after they’ve cleared the security checkpoint.
  • Allowing for additional natural lighting, including windows overlooking the airside
  • A design that allows for increased visibility of the terminal, including a view from the center core to either checkpoint.
  • Use of Arizona color palette and natural materials.
  • Self-directing wayfinding with colored terrazzo flooring.

Phasing: Project is being phased to minimize passenger inconvenience

Contractor: Sundt Construction

Architect: DWL Architects + Planners, Inc.

Program Manager/Construction Manager: Hill International

Cost: $28,328,794 project budget

Funding: It is anticipated that Passenger Facility Charges (PFC) will finance the majority of the construction for the overall project. PFCs are a fee imposed by airports on departing passengers that is reserved for terminal improvements. The collection and use of PFCs must be authorized by FAA and limited to eligible projects that relate to public, non-revenue producing areas of the terminal.

TAA funds will be used for any non-eligible costs. No city or state tax will be used to fund this project.

A Brighter TUS

New Concession Concepts

New Concessions

Retail and food and beverage concessionaires are spending another $7.2 million to renovate and construct outlets emphasizing unique offerings of Tucson and southern Arizona.  are currently under construction in the terminal at Tucson International Airport.

New food and beverage options will feature well-known Tucson area establishments including Beyond Bread, El Charro Café, The Maverick, Noble Hops, Sir Veza’s Taco Garage, Thunder Canyon Brewery and Arbuckle coffee.

Retail concepts are designed and themed to capture iconic cultural influences of the Tucson region such as a traditional mercado and tienditas (small stores) and historic influences using works of local artisans. In addition to selling travel necessities and newsstand items, the stores will offer local souvenirs, jewelry and sports gear.

Creative Food Group LLC, is the lead organizing the food and beverage concessions. The local brand outlets are being intermingled with national names including Bruegger’s Bagels, BUILT Custom Burgers, Dunkin’ Donuts and Pie Five Pizza.

Hudson Group Retailers LLC is collaborating with Tucson-based Poravion LLC and Cambios y Servicios Inc., Phoenix, on the retail locations. Planned stores are Arroyo Trading Post, including Agustín Kitchen Express in the Centre Pointe area of the ticketing level as a gathering place for travelers and locals coming to meeting arriving passengers; and Hudson Gates Pass and Hudson Fort Lowell, both of which will offer a variety of reading materials, local gift and souvenir items, and travel necessities. Another store, Ink, will feature all kinds of reading material displayed in a unique setting.

During construction, temporary concessions are open but with limited options. The new concessions are expected to begin opening in June.

Parking Construction

Construction is underway on a $7.6 million project to install solar canopies over the parking spaces in the Hourly lot in front of the airport terminal. The construction is taking place in phases through the end of November. During this time some spaces are unavailable for use but the goal is to have enough spaces available to accommodate normal operations.

If the Hourly lot is full, short-term parking is available in the Daily lot, which is adjacent to the Hourly lot, and in the Garage, which is adjacent to the Rental Car facility (reach it by using the Departures roadway through the terminal area and then following the signs to Garage parking).

Construction has been completed on the installation of the solar canopies in the Daily lot and all spaces are now available for use.



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