Nashville International Airport (BNA) will open its new Concourse D on July 17, adding six domestic aircraft gates,115,000 square feet of terminal space.
The $292 million, 25-month-long project, part of the larger BNA Vision overhaul, is anchored by the new Concourse D but also includes a 200,000-square-foot expansion of the north and south ticket wings, a 136,000-square-foot renovation of existing terminal space and an 11,000 square-foot central utility plant. The new gates will be operated by Southwest Airlines.
Trey Harwell, chair of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners, said the addition will help accommodate passenger growth over the next decade. “The new Concourse D and extended ticket wings bring much-needed components to our airport and are part of the ‘BNA Vision,’ our ongoing program to provide this region with the world-class airport it requires and demands,” he said.
Doug Kreulen, BNA’s president and CEO, said the addition will help the airport retain its status as a catalyst for economic growth and job creation in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. “With the new Concourse D, we’ve added gates for more flights and attractive customer amenities, all in a modern and convenient setting that brings out the best of BNA,” Kreulen said. “This is another vital step forward for air travel in Nashville, and I commend all whose great work made this possible.”
Traveler amenities and special features include two public art installations showcasing selections from BNA’s permanent collection, Wi-Fi, restrooms, a mother’s room, an indoor service animal relief area, compelling airfield views and new terrazzo flooring. Additional space is available for future concessions.
The project included more than $55 million in contracts for small, minority and woman-owned business enterprises (SMWBEs) as part of the airport’s ongoing commitment to diversity and economic inclusion. Seventy certified firms participated in the project.
The concourse was built by Hensel Phelps Construction Co. and designed by Fentress Architects, Concourse D was designed, built and operates utilizing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the most widely used green building rating system in the world.
Launched in July 2016, BNA Vision is the expansion and renovation plan for Nashville International Airport. By 2023, completed projects are expected to include three terminal garages totaling 6,800 spaces of covered parking, new Concourse D, additional space for ticketing and baggage claim, a renovated terminal lobby, an expanded security checkpoint, a state-of-the-art international arrivals facility, a variety of dining, retail and service amenities, an airport administration building, a pedestrian plaza, a hotel and a potential transit connection. Completed projects include Concourse D, North Terminal wing expansion, upgrades to the existing interim international arrivals building, terminal garages 1 and 2 and phase 1 of the terminal apron and taxi lane expansion.