DFW parking structure: 3 million square feet, 7,700 spaces

Source: DFW International Airport, Irving, Texas

DFW International will consolidate three separate parking garages into a single structure known as Terminal A Parking facility. The five-level garage is a key component of the Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP), a seven-year, $1.9 billion program to upgrade four original terminals, which date to 1974.

Terminal A Parking will also be the impetus for a new roadway system designed to enhance safety by reducing the need for lane changes around the terminal. “We think our customers will be very pleased with the update they will soon see along the roadways and parking within the Terminal A complex,” says DFW International CEO Jeff Fegan. “The new structure will have great improvements in accessibility, lighting, convenience and technology, all of which will make for a vastly improved parking experience for DFW travelers.”

A guidance system to help customers easily find an open space on DFW Airport’s web site and mobile web site, along with the Valet Parking app, will include information and up-to-the-minute space availability reports about the new Terminal A parking structure when it opens. “This facility presents a unique opportunity to redefine what a parking structure should be at an airport,” affirms DFW Vice President for Airport Development and Engineering Perfecto Solis and the Airport’s project lead on TRIP.

With 7,700-plus spaces, the new Terminal A Parking structure will have more capacity than the existing garages, and be one of Texas’ largest parking structures. The first phase of the Terminal A Parking facility will be completed in step with the Phase 1 of the renovation work on Terminal A, which is scheduled to open to travelers later this year. All three phases of work on Terminal A and the parking facility should be complete in late 2014, and the entire TRIP project to renovate Terminals A, B, C and E is planned for 2017 completion.