MIAMI — Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is planning to receive a $20 million renovation to improve its terminal facade, ticketing lobby, and baggage area, according to The Plain Dealer. The news comes a few weeks after United announced that it would move all of its operations out of concourse D.

The project will upgrade the terminal’s exterior both on the departures and arrivals level. Leo A Daly and Van Auken Akins Architects has been chosen as the architecture/engineering firm designing this project.

Some of the renovations will include modernizing the existing exterior facade and renovating the ticket lobby. Additional changes will include new signs, electronic media systems, interior design, and energy efficient glass.

The airport plans to start construction next spring in phases, to be completed in 2017. The final design will not be released until sometime this fall.

The airport’s director, Ricky Smith, says “the goal of this project is to transform the face of the airport and the ticketing lobby to a more modern look and feel, while introducing more customer-friendly features for airport visitors.” Additionally, Smith says “we really encourage the community to come to this informational session because their input is critical to the final design.”

Thanks to unspent general airport revenue bonds, the renovation will not be an additional cost to the airport or the airlines. According to The Plain Dealer, “this renovation has gotten initial approval from Cleveland’s Design Review Board and the City Planning Commission.”

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