An additional 645 covered parking spaces are now available on the fourth floor of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport parking garage.
The spaces are the result of the completion of phase one of a three-phase, $15 million parking deck project that began in March to increase the number of covered parking spaces available in the existing ramp.
Record passengers numbers over the last two years prompted the airport to expand its parking facilities and add a roof to the fourth floor level of the parking deck to allow for winter parking on that level.
An additional 370 covered spaces will be available at the completion of phase two, which is expected on or before Oct. 20, and another 1,125 covered parking spaces will be available for GFIA passengers on the fourth level when the project is completed, which is expected to be on or before Nov. 18.
Upon completion the total parking garage capacity will be 4,140 covered parking spaces.
Previously, the airport was forced to close the fourth level of the parking garage in the winter months because of the snow, resulting in the garage filling up very quickly each week.
Brian Ryks, GFIA executive director, said the parking ramp continually reaches capacity in the summer months as well.
“The summer has been busy and the garage has been filling up on a daily basis, so we are eager to see this project near completion,” Ryks said.
The Christman Co. is managing the project, and Grand Rapids-based Builders Iron is providing the steel for the project. Architectural firm Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber is the design engineer.