COLONIE — Contractors have been driving piles since early spring at the site of the new Albany International Airport parking garage, as they prepare for the arrival of more than 800 precast concrete beams from a Pittsfield, Mass., manufacturing facility.
Unistress Corp. is expected to begin delivering the beams — the longest of which are 60 feet — later this month, airport officials said Monday. The beams will be trucked over from Pittsfield.The company is no stranger to the Capital Region: Its beams were used to erect the airport’s existing garage. Those beams have also been used in the Quackenbush Square parking garage in downtown Albany and a seven-level parking garage at Albany Medical Center.
Total cost of the new airport garage is estimated at $35 million to $36 million. LeChase Construction was awarded a $15.7 million contract to construct the building — including lighting, mechanical, and electrical services, elevators and pedestrian and vehicle bridges.Unistress was awarded the $10.4 million contract to produce and deliver 823 precast concrete beams.
The airport terminal, constructed two decades ago, is also getting improvements, including updated restrooms and other amenities, as well as “wayfinding” signs to direct passengers.