Balancing Environmental Protection and Economic Development

Owner:
Panama City – Bay County Airport and Industrial District
Submarket:
Location:
Panama City, Florida
Size:
144,148 square feet
Architect:
PBS&J
Services:
General Contracting

On some projects, half-a-million dollars in potential saving is a big deal. Such was the case at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport, where Walbridge’s Value Analysis/Value Engineering (VA/VE) allowed the client to put that much back into their new terminal.

Walbridge broke ground on the site of a new two-gate Delta Airlines terminal for Southwest Georgia Regional Airport in March 2012. The terminal contains ticket counters, waiting areas, restrooms, passenger screening, baggage operations, a departure lounge with laptop stations, concessions, luggage carousels, a rental car counter and administrative areas. Squeezing all of that into 26,000 square feet made the project quite complex, and the use of various exterior finishes added to the challenge.

Challenges and Solutions

The variety of finishes on the building’s exterior included the stone veneer, which was locally sourced, a metal-wall panel system and extensive curtain walls. Eight different roofs were used for the building, including two drop off canopies and two covered porches. Inside, eye-catching light fixtures and stainless-steel displays were installed to insert regional flavor, including exhibits from the local Audubon Society and U.S. Marine Corps.

Perhaps what’s most impressive about the project is its VA/VE numbers. Walbridge identified $564,011 in potential savings to the client, who accepted 99 percent of the suggestions.

The new $10.8 million Southwest Georgia Regional Airport terminal reached substantial completion in August 2013.