More than twenty years ago, Reagan National’s passenger areas were designed to serve 15 million passengers annually. At peak, more than 23 million passengers traveled through the airport, straining infrastructure. In addition, passengers transferring between gate areas have to pass through another security checkpoint or ride a bus outdoors.

Project Update

After assembling more than 500 pieces of steel and installing 580 panes of electrochromic glass per building, workers are focused on interior framing, buildout of interior walls and connecting utilities to existing infrastructure.

Estimated Opening: Fall 2021

The video below guides viewers through construction inside one the buildings.



About the New Security Checkpoints Project

The New Security Checkpoints will be conveniently located between National Hall and walkways from the Metrorail station and parking garages. Upon activation, the new 50,000 square-foot checkpoints will expand screening capacity and create a seamless, free-flowing environment between Terminal B/C (Gates 10-45) and the new 14-gate concourse (Gates 46-59).

By relocating the existing security checkpoints, passengers will be able to move freely between gate areas and enjoy all the amenities the airport offers without having to be re-screened. The resulting terminal reconfiguration will provide passengers an improved post-security experience — alleviating gate area congestion while expanding access to a variety of shopping, dining and seating options.

The two New Security Checkpoint buildings were built above the existing arrivals roadway. Dustwalls separate construction activity from public areas so normal terminal and airline operations can continue.
Project Journey: Transforming the Passenger Experience

When Project Journey is completed, two new 50,000-square-foot buildings with security checkpoints will replace three smaller checkpoints currently serving Terminal B/C - increasing the post-security space to include all of National Hall and its premier shops and restaurants for ticketed travelers. In addition, ticketed passengers will be able to move freely between Gates 10 and 59. This includes a new 14-gate concourse that replaced Gate 35X – ending the need for travelers to ride buses to board regional jets parked outside. New concourse amenities include jetbridges, holdrooms, mother's care rooms, concessions, an indoor pet relief area and an American Airlines Admirals Club lounge.

More renderings can be seen here.

Key Facts

  • Prime Contractor: Turner Construction
  • Project Forecast: $269,841,197
  • Notice to Proceed: October 2017

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