Concept rendering of the new Terminal 1
A concept rendering of the new Terminal 1 showing the roadways for arrivals and departures at separate levels. Courtesy Airport Authority

A $2.3 billion contract has been awarded for replacement of the 1960s-era Terminal 1 at San Diego International Airport, the construction team announced Monday.

New York-based Turner Construction and Colorado-based Flatiron said they expect to being work on the 1.2-million-square-foot terminal with 30 gates in late 2021.

Construction will take place in two stages to ensure that the current number of gates remain available during the build-out. In the first phase, scheduled to open in early 2025, 19 new gates will be added. The second phase, scheduled to open in early 2027, will add 11 new gates.

The new terminal will offer passengers increased seating in the gate area, more restaurants and shops, as well as additional security checkpoints with more lanes.

The Turner-Flatiron team has completed previous work together at the San Diego airport and at airports in San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento and Denver. The team brings together Flatiron’s experience in airside construction with Turner’s experience in airport terminal and concourse structures.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.