Colorado Springs Airport (COS) is to modernise its 29-year-old terminal. Phase 1 of the three-year project will begin on September 10.

Known as ElevateCOS, the improvement project will encompass enhancements in sustainability, accessibility, updated infrastructure, and improved amenities.

“The journey since our terminal was built in 1994 has been profound. As we usher in this modernisation project with ElevateCOS, our goal is to mirror the modernity of our 2019 pre-security side upgrade,” said Greg Phillips, director of aviation for COS. “This transformation is not a solitary construction project but a collaborative journey with our partners on this project and the entire community to reimagine travel spaces and create an exceptional COS experience."

ElevateCOS Rendering with signage

Accessibility will be a key feature of the new terminal

The estimated overall cost of ElevateCOS is $36m. The project will be financially supported through various sources, including Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Airport Improvement Grant (AIG) funding, FAA Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Airport Terminal Program (ATP) funding, and FAA Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) funding. The project will not draw from taxpayer funds.

Overseeing the project alongside COS are Nunn Construction and HB&A Architecture and Planning, both selected through the City’s Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

ElevateCOS Rendering with gate

The eight-phase project will focus on sustainability

Nunn Construction will execute the project in eight phases, with the first starting on September 10 and concluding in early 2024. This initial phase entails the creation of new hold rooms for gates two and four, an upgraded Premier Lounge, and improved restroom facilities. Subsequent phases will see work on new gates as well as the addition of a new food court and retail areas in conjunction with the Hudson Group and SSP America. Accessibility and sustainability will be key to the project, and the airport will remain open and operational for the duration of ElevateCOS

“This project is a reminder of the profound impact that community partnership can have on creating exceptional travel experience for COS passengers. It isn’t just about construction; it’s a testament to the collaboration that transforms spaces into welcoming gateways,” said Ashley Trujillo, project manager for Nunn Construction. “We’re not just building structures, but also fostering connections, enhancing convenience, and enriching the journey of every traveller who walks into the concourse.” 

Images: Colorado Springs Airport