By spring 2012, Memphis International Airport will have a new front door.
Construction began in March on the $89 million, consolidated ground transportation center, located between the existing three-level parking deck and the new 336-foot air traffic control tower. The state-of-the-art center will be connected to the main terminal with a series of covered moving sidewalks (click here to read more).
“It’s a game-changer,” said Arnold Perl, chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. “Two years from now as we speak, we’ll be talking about how it’s one of the model facilities of any airport in the United States.”
But hopefully that won’t be the only game-changer. The City of Memphis and UrbanArt are seeking exterior public art sculptures to be installed along Plough Boulevard between Winchester and Democrat Road (see previous blog post).
Maybe Memphis International making CNN’s “Five Airports with Art Worth Seeing” in upcoming years isn’t too far out of reach after all.