Chattanooga Airport Announces Major Terminal Renovation
At the March meeting of the Board of Commissioners, Chattanooga Airport Authority approved a $7.2 million renovation project for the airport terminal. The nine month, multi-phase project will modernize the main terminal building, improve the building’s environmental sustainability and enhance the passenger experience.
“We are excited to begin this project which will mark the most significant renovation to our passenger terminal since the facility opened in 1992,” said Dan Jacobson, chairman of the airport’s board of commissioners. “Our design team has worked diligently to develop an updated facility plan that we believe will really improve our customers’ experience when flying out of Chattanooga.”
Local company EMJ Construction is serving as construction manager. The airport is partnering with EMJ to find as many local and regional subcontractors as possible to participate on the project as the airport is committed to the economic development of this growing community. Local architectural firm Derthick, Henley & Wilkerson, one of the firms responsible for the original design of the passenger terminal, will once again serve on the project team, bringing their vast experience to the renovation. The project plans build off of the work of Leo A. Daly, who began this process and integrated community feedback into the new design.
Several key elements of the project include:
Complete renovation of terminal restrooms
New flooring, wall tile, painting and signage
Updated public seating throughout the terminal
Complete renovation of airport concessions
New escalator system in the rotunda
“The terminal renovation project has been in the works since 2011 and will only build on the efficiency and convenience that our airport already offers,” said Terry Hart, president and CEO of the airport authority “While utilizing the existing footprint of the building we will significantly improve the passenger experience while preserving the unique and recognizable qualities of the facility that our travelers already love.”
The project is scheduled to take nine months and the terminal will remain operational throughout the duration of the project. Updates will be available at chattairport.com and, very soon, on the airport’s Facebook and Twitter.
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ECONOMY-THE DAY AHEAD
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Today's Labor Department jobs report for August, a key gauge of how the U.S. economy is doing, could play a big role in guiding an upcoming decision by the Federal Reserve. The Fed will decide this month whether it will raise U.S. interest rates for the first time since the financial crisis.
While chances of a September interest rate increase have diminished because of signs of weakening global growth and a sell-off in Chinese stocks, many believe the growing U.S. economy may be ready to withstand higher interest rates.
Economists are forecasting that employers created 220,000 jobs last month and that the unemployment rate fell to 5.2 percent.
The Fed's two-day meeting begins Sept. 16.
STAR WARS MARKETING
NEW YORK (AP) -- The release of the new Star Wars movie may still be months off, but Disney is unleashing its full marketing "Force" behind the launch of hundreds of toys and other items related to the film.
The massive marketing blitz, which Disney has named "Force Friday," spans all kinds of media and included an 18-hour global "unboxing" streamed live on YouTube. Meanwhile, major toy retailers planned to be open and hold special events when the toys first became available just after midnight Friday.
The marketing push behind "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens," is unique because it's so far ahead of the movie's U.S. release, 116 days to be exact. But analysts say it can work because Star Wars is such a popular franchise.
KRAFT HEINZ-EXPANDED RECALL
NEW YORK (AP) -- Kraft Heinz is expanding a recall of Kraft Singles products, saying a problem with the packaging film affects 10 times as many cases as it first thought.
The company recalled 335,000 cases Thursday because a thin strip of packaging film may stick to the slice after the wrapper has been taken off, creating a choking hazard. Kraft Heinz took 36,000 cases off the market July 31 for the same reason.
The privately-held company said it's received two new reports of customers choking. It disclosed three such reports in July.
The recall covers 1-, 3- and 4-pound Kraft Singles American and White American cheese product sold in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and 10 other countries and territories. The cases have "Best When Used by Dates" from Dec. 29 through Jan. 4.
HIDDEN GULF SPILL
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Environmental groups have signed a settlement agreement to resolve their lawsuit against a New Orleans company that has failed to end a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.
The agreement was filed Thursday in federal court. Taylor Energy Company announced details of the pact in a news release last week, before it was finalized.
The New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance says the company will release more information about its efforts to stop oil from leaking at the site where one of its offshore platforms toppled during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
Taylor Energy also agreed to donate $300,000 to a Louisiana marine research consortium and pay an additional $100,000 for research on the ecological effects of Gulf oil pollution.
The alliance sued the company in 2012 over its secretive response.
DALLAS (AP) -- Southwest Airlines says it has reached an agreement with union negotiators on terms for a new contract with pilots, whose approval would be needed before it takes effect.
Terms weren't disclosed on Thursday.
Leaders of the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association are expected to meet later this month to decide whether to hold a ratification vote. Southwest Vice President Craig Drew says the process is far from complete but the company is pleased to have this agreement.
Southwest has about 8,000 pilots. It's the nation's fourth-biggest airline, and 83 percent of its workers are represented by unions, according to a recent regulatory filing.
Shares of Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. fell 29 cents to close at $37.43. They have fallen 12 percent this year.
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