Ryan Air wrote:Phase I in process of design, I'd imagine out for bid soon thereafter. Phase I is additional gates added to north concourse and the attached central utility plant.
Something else recently brought up, two-tier front drive. While an upper deck for departures was included in previous plans, the latest did not call for that. It has since been identified as a priority and being studied where the suspected outcome will be the drive separation is already needed.
***i have a picture of the phase I layout, if it's not shown it's because it won't let me attach. Somebody tell me how to attach image from photo album on my iPhone please
Here's a link to a wowt story regarding OMA's expansion. There are links on the right that show the plan as of the date of the story. I'm sure it's changed by now.http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/Eppleys-20-Year-Plan-to-be-Built-as-Needed-227896251.html
It's not the entire plan I have. The pic/diagram is only phase I
Also, the original plan has no mention of front drive either.
The master plan is always general. As pieces are ready for implementation, a design firm is selected for the actual design. At that point, once the design is selected, it is placed out for bids. Bids are reviewed and selected at OAA board meeting. Phase I is at design (phase II and III are as well - since the bid notice requests the desire for it to be the same firm). Phase I Is an immediate need.
I believe the magic number for phase I is listed at 4.7 million. Realistically we are looking at construction of phase I to begin 2018. Phase II Is likely 3-5 years off- unless for some reason they decide to do it earlier.
I find it interesting that construction for two deck drive seems to be an immediate concern. Maybe even constructing it prior to the terminal overhaul- requiring departure (drop off) on level 2, where passengers would go down escalator to check in? And removal or skywalk?
Interesting that it's described as a safety and efficiency concern. All the above is 100% true.
Now where I speculate is the fact the drive and construction issues, plus odd check in process (combined with recent significant baggage handling complaints), seems to draw out major convenience concerns longer by 2-3 years by waiting for the increase from 4.7 to 5 million. Maybe they'll say "close enough- let's just get it done now in a manner using convenience and access/use as the main implementation factors, rather than passengers. But I don't know.
The torn up tarmac is exactly where the north concourse extension would be, but the design just went to big at the beginning of August. Very, very unlikely all that would be completed and ready for construction this quickly, especially since I see no other mention in OAA meeting minutes. I'm guessing what we're seeing is infrastructure related for expansion (sewer etc)
How do I shrink an image to not be big?