Airport redevelopment on track after asbestos found

By Liz Segrist
Published Feb. 11, 2014

The Charleston International Airport’s redevelopment project remains on track after asbestos was recently found in some exterior walls, said Matt McCoy of Michael Baker Corp. during an aviation authority committee meeting Monday.

The Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program is “on schedule at this point,” McCoy said. The airport staff recently released that the glue used to install waterproofing materials on the airport’s outside walls 30 years ago has tested positive for asbestos.

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Crews are working to identify any additional asbestos and the best way to treat it. Thus far, testing shows the asbestos is not everywhere, McCoy said.

The airport staff and project managers are working with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to develop a plan of action to remove the asbestos, which will determine whether the redevelopment schedule is affected.

Construction continues throughout the airport on the $189 terminal redevelopment project. The third baggage carousel recently opened.

The 6,200-square-foot rental car pavilion is set to open in mid-March. The building will be completed and ready for inspections as of March 7. Rental car companies will begin to outfit their spaces this month.

When the terminal redevelopment project is complete, the airport will have a new security checkpoint, five new gates, an updated baggage claim area, a rental car pavilion and an updated look with more natural light, glass walls and higher ceilings.

Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program Committee Chairman Hernan Pena said the airport staff, the committee and construction crews are “all an integral part in making this a success.”

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119 or @lizsegrist on Twitter.

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