Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is Alabama’s largest airport. It was due for a major renovation to improve safety and enhance passenger convenience and security. The Birmingham Airport Authority approved a bond sale to pay for the major improvements that totaled $201.6 million.

Heery was selected to provide program management support services as part of a team to serve the Birmingham Airport Authority (BAA). The scope of work included the complete renovation and expansion of the existing Terminal (Concourses B and C) and construction of a new 400,000 SF LEED Silver Certified Concourse A. The full program build-out provided 24 jet gates, two of which are dedicated as international swing gates. The modernization included improved security checkpoints and baggage screening, passenger convenience, imaging and way finding, concession and building systems, as well as infrastructure.

Heery successfully performed capital improvements for concourse and terminal rehabilitation without disruption to ongoing operations. The construction was accomplished in four major phases, sequenced over the three-year project to minimize inconvenience to the BAA and to the airlines. The terminal is now twice the size with centralized baggage check-in and new scanning devices for added security, along with added restaurants and shops to maximize revenues, maximize operations while reducing costs, and provide for future growth. 

Key components of this program include the following:

  • Three, new eight-story elevator towers added to the existing parking garage structure
  • New pedestrian bridges at each elevator
  • Centralized security checkpoint and baggage screening
  • Balanced baggage processing and screening
  • Balanced passenger flows through airlines through an airside passenger corridor and balanced airline distribution
  • Improved concessions program, resulting in increased revenue opportunities
  • Improved ramp operations through flexible gate design
  • Improved opportunity for the signing of new airlines
  • Increased terminal depth to allow direct flow through passenger screening and flexible bag make-up areas to accommodate in-line EDS equipment
  • Improved building systems and infrastructure
  • ADA compliance with replacement of curb ramps


Program Management


Birmingham, AL


400,000 SF