On April 24, 2014, Houston Aviation Director Mario Diaz presented members of Houston’s City Council with a dramatic new vision of the Mickey Leland International Terminal building (Terminal D) at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The plan calls for the construction of a completely new gateway terminal facility, on the same site as the existing Terminal D building.
Terminal D serves as the primary global gateway facility for air travelers in the Houston region but unfortunately, it does not adequately reflect Houston’s current standing as a world leader in business and quality of life offered to its residents. It is with this reality in mind, that leaders with the Houston Airport System are moving forward with a dramatic and detailed plan to completely overhaul the Terminal D building at IAH. The existing structure will remain operational throughout the renovation project, but the end result will be a thorough list of aesthetic and operational changes that impact virtually every corner of the terminal building.
In an effort to maximize community participation and pre-planning efficiency, HAS team members held a “Terminal D Industry Day” on March 13, 2014. At this meeting, various representatives from the construction industry were given a detailed briefing on the plans to move forward with the Terminal D project. Information passed along at this meeting included:
- Overview of Terminal B North project (explanation that this is a United Airlines project)
- General phasing plans for project
- Explanation of key design aspects (emphasis on lighting, “sense of place,” etc.)
- Discussion of funding/management mechanisms
- Timeline for program launch and completion