Nashville airport's new parking terminal opens to the public

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Posted at 4:00 PM, Dec 19, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Mayor David Briley and Nashville International Airport officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the airport's new $115 million parking and transportation center.

The center is part of the airport's renovation project: ‘BNA Vision’ Growth & Expansion Plan.

The new, six-level garage features 2,200 parking spaces and other amenities for travelers and commercial vehicles.

  • parking space guidance system
  • electric vehicle charging stations
  • tire inflation station
  • vehicle locator kiosks
  • pay-on-foot kiosks
  • flight information displays
  • covered walkway to the terminal
  • ground-level pick-up by commercial vehicles including WeGo Public Transit buses, hotel shuttles, charter buses, limousines, taxis and ride app vehicles

The center is a major component of BNA Vision, and officials said it was completed $7 million under budget at a final cost of $115 million. It will open to the public on Thursday, Dec. 20.

"Our passengers have watched the Parking and Transportation Center take shape over the last two years, and today we celebrate its completion,” said Dr. A. Dexter Samuels, BNA Board of Commissioners chair. "A modern facility with convenient parking and easy access to a variety of ground transportation is critical to our customers and essential as we build a world-class airport. Today's ribbon-cutting marks a significant moment for BNA’s ongoing expansion, and this Parking and Transportation Center will serve the traveling public well for many years to come.”

The Parking and Transportation Center is located next to the existing Short Term Parking Garage, which will soon close for demolition to make way for a larger terminal parking garage as part of BNA Vision.

BNA’s Parking and Transportation Center was designed and built utilizing Parksmart℠, the world’s only rating system designed to advance sustainable mobility through smarter parking structure design and operation. Sustainable components of the Parking and Transportation Center include recycling receptacles, energy efficient lighting programmed to dim when no motion is detected, a 20,000-gallon cistern to collect rainwater for landscape irrigation and an emphasis on regional labor and regionally sourced materials.

Other notable features include custom art installations with BNA Signal Pattern, created by Ivan Toth Depeña (Airboat Inc.), a dynamic light and glass sculpture in the elevator lobby on all six levels of the garage, and On Air, a Nashville-themed mural on the first level, created by Nashville-based artists Jake Elliott (What. Creative Group) and Eric Bass (Mobe).

Other BNA Vision projects currently underway include the terminal apron and taxilane expansion project, which will be completed in two phases with the first finished in summer 2019; Concourse D and terminal wings expansion, set to open in summer 2020; and a new terminal parking garage, airport administrative building and pedestrian plaza, set to open fall 2020.