JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA --
Renovations for the 437th Aerial Port Squadron Passenger Terminal here began Feb. 23 and is expected to be a 10-month project.
The $12 million renovation is scheduled to be completed in December 2017. During the project, passenger operations will be conducted out of a temporary facility away from the flight line.
The changes will include a new fire suppression system, roof, utility systems, restrooms inside the gated area and a redesigned family room.
Currently, signage is in place to direct passengers and base personnel from the old terminal to the temporary facility, which is located near S. Graves Ave. behind the 1st Combat Camera Squadron (building 241).
“Our temporary building we are in functions very well,” said 2nd Lt. Jesse Stokes, 437th APS passenger operations flight commander. “Being away from our original location to where we are now takes a little bit longer to get passengers to the flight line. Other than that, we have adapted and been able to complete the mission.”
The 628th Civil Engineer Squadron designed the new interior for the passenger terminal. Additionally the 628th CES coordinated with the 628th Contracting Squadron to establish the temporary terminal and hire contractors to complete the project.
Currently, the passenger terminal’s maximum capacity is 175 people. The renovations will allow for an increase to 450 people.
“We have a 40,000 square foot building, but a lot of it isn’t functioning properly,” said Stokes “We don’t have restrooms after the security checkpoint, that’s going to be a big addition. We are also improving the family area and adding an outdoor play area for kids.”
An average of 1,000 military members, family members and retirees go through the terminal here each month.
"This renovation will greatly enhance our ability to provide rapid global mobility by increasing our passenger capacity by 228 percent,” said Col. Jimmy Canlas, 437th Airlift Wing commander. “It will also provide other amenities for our customers. As one of the largest fleets of C-17A Globemaster III aircraft in the Air Force, the passenger terminal here is the primary hub for roughly 442,000 service members from 24 military installations in the surrounding area. I appreciate all the Airmen who have made transferring day-to-day operations to this temporary passenger terminal go so smoothly. Their efforts will ensure we continue to provide a significant portion of Air Mobility Command's Global Reach airlift capability throughout this project."
Passengers or base personnel can reach the temporary facility by calling 843-963-3048 or 3083.