Another piece of ATLNext is the ongoing parking deck renewal project, which will shore up the parking facilities with the goal of prolonging the decks’ lifespan until they eventually need to be replaced. South deck repairs cost approximately $17 million and will extend the parking deck’s life by roughly five years. North deck repairs will cost approximately $20 million to extend that deck’s life by 10 years. While improvements are ongoing, 3,000 North deck spaces have remained available throughout the project. The complete replacement of both the North and South decks will take place over the coming years.
“Our parking program over the next 10 years will be very robust,” says Rucker, adding that a phased plan includes complete demolition and reconstruction of the North and South terminal decks.
Construction of the new South deck begins this month in the north half of the current South Economy Lot, says Rucker.
Once completed, the new South deck will be seven levels tall and include about 7,800 parking stalls. Like ATL West deck, the new South deck will feature state-of-the-art components such as digital parking space availability and wayfinding, ticketless entry and exit, LED lighting and other features to provide a seamless parking experience.
In addition, crews will enhance airport technology throughout the facility, expand the North terminal ticket lobby and reconfigure the rest of the lobby, he says. Ongoing airfield projects will continue to refresh pavement, and a lot of work is planned for the Plane Train that travels along three miles of underground track to move passengers throughout the airport, as well as the elevated SkyTrain that connects the passenger terminal to the rental car center, adds Rucker.
Passengers will see renewal of vertical transportation systems – elevators and escalators – and updates of technological infrastructure for better Wi-Fi and better service systems, adds J’Aimeka “Jai” Ferrell, the airport’s deputy general manager and chief commercial officer. “Some of the airports are also going to AI and different types of EV-based products and equipment, and we have to have infrastructure to support that.”
More work on concourses is also planned, including a major job on Concourse E as the airport begins to replace some of the critical operating systems and make some architectural modifications to bring a new, more modern feel to the concourse.