Terminal Addition and Parking Structure Project

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Project Contact

Bradley Klinzing, PE
Supervising Engineer
(805) 692-6020

Why this project?

The Santa Barbara Airport’s 2017 Airport Master Plan recommended capital needs for the next 20 years to meet projected demand and maintain a high level of service. Two of those capital needs identified were additional parking and airline terminal space. The Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) has experienced healthy growth in commercial passenger boardings over the past decade. Updated aviation forecasts indicate continued growth that will outpace projections from the 2017 Airport Master Plan. The Airport is embarking on a conceptual design of a 16,200 square foot terminal expansion and a parking structure capable of supporting 800 to 1,400 parking spaces.

The Terminal Addition and Parking Structure Project (Project) will generally consist of a 16,200 square foot, two-story expansion to the existing Terminal; improvements to the existing ticket, baggage claim, and security screening areas; a multi-story parking structure capable of supporting between 800 to 1,400 parking spaces; and associated roadway and grounds improvements necessary to support the work. The general location of the Project is to the south of the existing Terminal located at 500 James Fowler Road.

Project Timeline

Design Kick-Off - July 2022 Complete

Step One - August 2022 In-Progress

Step Two - September 2022 (estimated)

Step Three - December 2022 (estimated)

Conceptual Design Complete January 2023 (estimated)

100% Design Complete 2024 (estimated)

Construction Start 2026 (estimated)


General Conceptual Design Steps

First Step

Develop project goals, design principles, and a needs assessment. This step will include reviewing all available past data as well as compiling new site surveys, traffic studies, airline passenger data, parking data, and environmental data. 

Second Step

Prepare a constraints analysis that identifies all design factors such as FAA limitations, wildlife deterrents, TSA security needs, traffic patterns, zoning, and easements.

Third Step

Develop three potential sites and layouts for the new parking structure and terminal expansion.