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Meet the Artists: Melissa Anderson

 

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As a part of WINGSPAN renovations, seven artists were chosen to create new artwork for the airport. The first of those pieces was installed on July 6 in the B concourse. The oil paintings were done by local artist Melissa Anderson who chose to create scenes from around the Upstate.

Melissa didn’t start off as an artist. She left a career as a lawyer to pursue her passion and now her art can be found throughout the state and country. Through self-directed training, Melissa used the discipline of her law practice and applied it to her artistic education. Today, her work is displayed all over Greenville in numerous private and public collections including: The Greenville Art Museum, The City of Greenville, County Bank, McCall Hospice House, the Washington office of Congressman Trey Gowdy, and The Cascades. While she lives and works in Greenville, her current show “Elegance of Native Soul” is hanging in Mitchell Hill located in downtown Charleston.

Learn more about her background and work in this recent interview, or visit her website!

-The Terminal

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Putting the “Green” Back in Greenville & its Surrounding Areas: Tree Harvesting

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The development of WINGSPAN is rapidly growing and coming to an end, and in recent years the program has been surpassing its goals. Despite all these technological advances, GSP has continuously kept long-term sustainability in mind and truly strives to put the “Green” back into Greenville. They have been environmentally conscious in more ways than one throughout the renovation process.

One of the first phases of the North Wing construction started with the closing of the Short Term Parking Lot. In order to create more space, they creatively found a way to put its natural resources back into the development process. While it would have been easier to send the trees to a landfill, WINGSPAN had to make the most of the roots GSP was built on. The 26 historic trees that stood in the lot were processed into lumber and repurposed in architectural woodwork renovation designs. Thanks to the Upstate’s local businesses and lumber companies, each step of the process was energy efficient and no remaining parts of the trees were wasted.

To learn more details about the harvesting process of GSP’s historical trees, check out a previous post!

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WINGSPAN Development: How We’re Doing, Phase One

In July 2012, the WINGSPAN program launched to improve various aspects of Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. This program was set to be completed in four phases over the span of five years. Now that the WINGSPAN program is nearing completion, over the next month, we will highlight the phases of development and how changes will positively impact the travelers of Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. Today’s post will highlight some details about Phase One.

Phase One included the relocation and expansion of the rental car facilities in Parking Garage A.  The new design provided customer service counters and offices for each of the five car rental agencies. The Rental Car Customer Center opened on March 11, 2013 with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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Located on the first floor of Parking Garage A you will find Avis, Enterprise and National rental facilities. Budget and Hertz rental facilities are housed on the second floor of the parking garage.

Check back each week for updates on the WINGSPAN developments and our #FlyerFactFriday blog posts!

Safe Travels,

-The Terminal

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Recap of WINSGSPAN and Development Phases

In July 2012, Greenville Spartanburg International Airport launched WINGSPAN, the terminal improvement project. The projected four-year program was composed of three phases that would allow for a higher volume of travelers, be more environmentally friendly, and improve aesthetics throughout the facility. Since WINGSPAN is nearing completion, we thought we would share a little more about the three phases that will dramatically shape Greenville-Spartanburg International airport to one of the most operationally capable and efficient airports of its size.

 

PHASE 1: Enabling Work and Baggage Claim Renovations

Mechanical and electrical systems overhaul will be completed throughout each phase of the program.

Enabling Projects Include:

  • Rental Car Customer Center relocation
  • Concourse A & B expansion of restrooms and food, beverage and retail concessions
  • Construction of the North Wing for temporary airline facilities
  • Utility and infrastructure relocation

Baggage Claims Renovations Include:

  • New baggage claim carousels
  • Construct canopy on curbside for loading and unloading in front baggage claim
  • Covered walkways to parking garages
  • New glass front on terminal

PHASE 2: Building Core Construction

Enhance interior area with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities.

  • Grand Hall Development including new food, beverage, and retail concessions area
  • Renovation of the existing ticketing lobby
  • New Customer Service booths
  • New Landside Garden
  • New baggage screening equipment and facilities
  • Security Checkpoint consolidation and relocation
  • Concourse A and B renovation

PHASE 3: Project Wrap-Up

Complete administrative updates for final phase of improvements.

  • Construction of the new Administrative Office for Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport
  • Construction of the Conference Center

When WINGSPAN began in July 2012, a gallery of photo renderings and a virtual walkthrough was created. Scroll through the galleries and let us know how you think the updates are progressing!

 

Until next time,

-The Terminal

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Recap of WINGSPAN and the Terminal Improvement Project

In July 2012, Greenville Spartanburg International Airport launched WINGSPAN, the website and brand for the Terminal Improvement Project. Today, GSP is nearing completion on many of these facility updates. While finishing touches and unveilings occur over the next several months at the airport, the WINGSPAN blog will look at all the progress that’s been made!

Set to be completed in three major phases, the goals of the developments were to improve airport aesthetics while making GSP more environmentally conscious. The three phases included:

  • The North Wing Project is to be home to the GSP Airport District offices, but temporarily housed ticket counters and airline offices while renovations occur in the current ticketing area.
  • Baggage Claim renovations include two replaced carousals and a new, third baggage carousel. The updated baggage claim area will house retail and concessions for meeters, greeters and travelers.
  • Exterior Modifications replace the current concrete walls with glass windows in order to utilize natural light and conserve energy. Curbside canopies will shelter travelers being dropped off or picked up. In addition to the canopies, a covered walkway will connect Garage A to the baggage claim.

When WINGSPAN began, a gallery of photo renderings and a walk-through video was created. Take a trip down memory lane by visiting the galleries, and let us know how you think the updates compare!

Until next time, safe travels!

-The Terminal

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South Carolina Airports DBE Fly-In

Calling business owners! Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is teaming up with airports across the state of South Carolina to teach business owners how to compete for airport business. Along with the SCDOT, Charleston International Airport, Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, and Myrtle Beach International Airport will present how small, minority, or women owned businesses can compete for airport business.

The South Carolina DBE Fly-In will be in Greenville on Friday, April 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Hotel discounts are available at the Hyatt Regency Greenville and Aloft Greenville Downtown Hotel for the event. Visit the South Carolina Airports DBE fly-In Eventbrite page for more information on hotel discounts and to order tickets.

See you soon,

The Terminal

Construction Update: Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs!

As updates on the airport continue, we’re one step closer to seeing the final product. Just this past week we started to install our new permanent outdoor signage!

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Designed using GSP’s signature blue and white, these new signs will prove helpful to passengers as they navigate around our construction zones. And once our renovation is completed, these signs will continue to help make traveling through GSP convenient.

As the installation of our permanent outdoor signs continue, the team is also installing wayfinding signs inside the airport.

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From the entire team at GSP, thank you for your continued patience and cooperation throughout this construction process. If there is anything we can do to help make your travel experience more efficient, please let us know.

Don’t forget to stay tuned for more construction updates and this week’s Flyer Fact Friday, coming your way soon!

Happy travels,

– The Terminal

Construction Update: Building a Strong Foundation for the Grand Hall

The construction crew continues to make strides on the development of our Grand Hall. They are continuing to successfully install the steel framework, and you can see the outline of this 3-story structure beginning to take shape. You can see a rendering of the Grand Hall in our earlier post about the North Wing.

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The metal decking for each level is being installed in preparation for the elevated concrete slabs. Once the slabs are in place, the floor foundations will be ready for carpet and tile—which will be installed once the structure is fully protected from the elements.

Also, the last of the required footing for the Grand Hall is being poured, and the new components for the boiler system, electrical systems and mechanical systems are being installed.

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It is very exciting to see this building come to life and we look forward to sharing more updates with you as it continues to develop.

Stay tuned for this week’s Flyer Fact Friday, and keep an eye out for more construction updates coming soon.

Happy travels,

– The Terminal

Vendor Update: Behind the Scenes with Thomas Creek Grill

Thomas Creek Grill is already a huge hit with travelers through GSP—and their new digs in Concourse A is truly a work of art. From the 30-foot mural on their wall to the menu and brews they serve, the entire operation is a celebration of the past and present, the traditional and unconventional.

Hear from Thomas Creek Brewery owners Tom and Bill Davis as they share the story and inspiration behind the Thomas Creek Grill.

Whether you are here to stay or just passing through, be sure to make a stop at Thomas Creek Grill to eat, drink and share in Tom and Bill’s passion for brewing outstanding flavors!

 

Happy travels,

 

– The Terminal

Vendor Update: Behind the Scenes with RJ Rockers Flight Room

You will never guess what the favorite feature is in one of GSP’s newest restaurant.(check out the video below to find out!)

Take a look inside our exclusive interview with Mark Johnsen, head brewer, founder, and owner of the RJ Rockers Flight Room, as he tells the story behind his latest venture—and shares the scoop behind its most celebrated feature. Watch as his little corner of Concourse B comes to life and discover the inspiration and passion behind this beloved microbrewery.

From the local décor to the iconic flavors found on its menu, RJ Rockers Flight Room proudly pays tribute to its southern roots and celebrated culture.  Stop by today and enjoy the familiar tastes of the Upstate!

Happy travels,

– The Terminal