Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program (TRIP) Charleston International Airport

Charleston, SC
Charleston County Aviation Authority
General Contractor
Austin/HITT Joint Venture
Schedule Duration
Architect / Engineer
Fentress Architects
Mechanical Subcontract Value

Project Overview

Bell Constructors, LLC performed the Mechanical and Plumbing work for the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program (TRIP) at Charleston International Airport, a joint civil-military airport located in North Charleston, South Carolina. Because it was imperative that the airport remain operational at all times, Bell participated in rigorous planning and coordination meetings to assure safe, high quality construction took place successfully while maintaining current operations and a safe environment for airport customers and employees.  The scope of work included:

  • Central Energy Plant:  A new 10,600 SF Central Energy Plant (CEP) to the east of Concourse A.  The CEP features four 420-ton cooling towers, three natural gas condensing boilers, a new 820- ton chiller, two 420 ton relocated chillers and an 8,000-gallon fuel tank/system to provide all emergency generator needs providing 100% back-up power to the CEP systems.
  • Complete HVAC and Plumbing Upgrade:  All HVAC and plumbing systems were upgraded, increasing the energy efficiency of the terminal building. This upgrade was completed concurrently with the renovation of each of the individual areas.
  • Consolidated Security Screening
  • Baggage Claim Renovation and Expansion
  • Central Hall Renovation
  • Ticketing Hall
  • Concourse B:  Concourse B was extended to add five new gates, bringing the airport’s total gates to 15.  In addition, Concourse B was completely renovated to provide updated customer and operational amenities.
  • Concourse A:  Concourse A was renovated to provide updated customer and operational amenities.