Chattanooga Airport Announces Major Terminal Renovation

Largest terminal project since building opened in 1992

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (March 28, 2013) – At the March meeting of the Board of Commissioners, Chattanooga Airport Authority approved a $7.2 million renovation project for the airport terminal. The nine-month project will modernize the main terminal building, improve the building’s environmental sustainability and enhance the passenger experience.

“We are excited to begin this project which will mark the most significant renovation to our passenger terminal since the facility opened in 1992,” said Dan Jacobson, chairman of the airport’s board of commissioners. “Our design team has worked diligently to develop an updated facility plan that we believe will really improve our customers’ experience when flying out of Chattanooga.”

Local company EMJ Corporation is serving as construction manager. The airport is partnering with EMJ to find as many local and regional subcontractors as possible to participate on the project as the airport is committed to the economic development of this growing community. Local architectural firm Derthick, Henley & Wilkerson, one of the firms responsible for the original design of the passenger terminal, will once again serve on the project team, bringing their vast experience to the renovation. The project plans build off of the work of Leo A. Daly, who began this process and integrated community feedback into the new design.

Several key elements of the project include:

  • Complete renovation of terminal restrooms
  • New flooring, wall tile, painting and signage
  • Updated public seating throughout the terminal
  • Complete renovation of airport concessions
  • New escalator system in the rotunda

“The terminal renovation project has been in the works since 2011 and will only build on the efficiency and convenience that our airport already offers,” said Terry Hart, president and CEO of the airport authority “While utilizing the existing footprint of the building we will significantly improve the passenger experience while preserving the unique and recognizable qualities of the facility that our travelers already love.”

The terminal will remain operational throughout the duration of the project. Updates will be available at and, very soon, on the airport’s social media sites on Facebook and Twitter.