Cheryl Dinolfo, county executive, recently joined Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and local project stakeholders for a beam-raising ceremony to celebrate the installation of the first steel arch at Greater Rochester International Airport.
“This a very ‘uplifting’ day for residents and families across our community,” Dinolfo said. “We are putting the first pieces in place to build a brighter future with more visitors, more employers and more jobs right here in Monroe County. The airport is the front door to our community, and this project will help us make a great first impression with visitors and employers flying to our region. This state-of-the-art new canopy is a major element of our job-supporting Airport Renovation Project. I thank the New York-based businesses who are helping to make it a reality.”
Each steel arch spans 80 feet, weighs 13,000 pounds and placed using a truck-mounted crane with a boom that extends 140 feet. All steel used in the canopy project is manufactured in the U.S., supporting an additional 150 jobs. The canopy is constructed with 420 tons of steel mounted under a tensile membrane fabric covering 75,000 square feet.
The terminal entrance canopy will provide a protective covering for passengers at the curb and those walking to and from the parking garage, while cutting annual operational and maintenance costs. It will feature enhanced security measures, such as intelligent video and surveillance technologies.
All contractors working on the canopy have a state connection, including Ramsey Construction, Kaplan-Schmidt, Steve General, JPW Industries, Contour Steel Inc. and tensile structure manufacturer Fabritec. Canopy construction started in October 2017, and is slated for completion at the end of October 2018. Road closures and traffic pattern diversions will remain in effect at the airport until the canopy is complete.
The project is a $79 million investment, supported by a $40 million competitive state grant, $25 million in non-taxpayer funding from Monroe County Airport Authority and $14 million from Monroe County. It is designed to transform the ROC terminal into a facility that serves the business and economic needs of travelers and creates a better passenger experience.
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