Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) celebrated the beginning of construction of its Pavement and Grounds (P&G) headquarters (“Building A”) with a groundbreaking ceremony on August 10. Joining PHL CEO Chellie Cameron at the building site were airport P&G and Facilities & Maintenance team leaders and members; City of Philadelphia and Division of Aviation procurement staff; members of PHL’s Capital Development Group; and representatives from the facility’s design team and prime contractors, AP Construction, EJ Electric and Surety Mechanical.
“This long and difficult journey began in September 2015, when PHL approved the design of three buildings, an eight-bay garage, and a storage shed, along with enhanced employee parking and an updated Gate 11,” said PHL CEO Chellie Cameron. “I’m sure we are all relieved to see this construction finally begin. Through it all, the Pavement and Grounds team has maintained PHL’s runways, taxiways, aprons, ramps and roads under the most challenging of conditions.”
When finished the almost 9,000 square foot Building A will be a fully functioning facility for P&G staff, as well as custodial workers and other airport employees, and include:
- Office spaces
- Large and small conference “flex spaces” that can be used as men’s and women’s dormitories during weather emergencies
- An employee lounge
- Kitchen-dining room area
- Equipment locker rooms
- Lockers and washrooms
- Exercise room
- Utility room
The $20 million project is scheduled to be completed by March 2023.
“The Facilities department is very excited to see this long-awaited project move forward," said PHL's Deputy Director of Aviation – Facilities, Allan Moore. "This new building will be a well-deserved improvement for our P&G Team. We thank the Division of Aviation leadership and Capital Development Group for their persistence in finally making this project a reality.”