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JWA dedicates new central utility plant

O.C. officials, contractors and community leaders were on hand for today's ceremony.

By OC METRO staffPublished: April 21, 2011 02:55 PM

Alan Murphy, airport director, welcomes guests to the central utility plant dedication at JWA.
Marking a milestone in John Wayne Airport's $543 million improvement program, Orange County officials today gathered to celebrate a new central utility plant that will ultimately power 95 percent of the regional air transit facility.

"This is an important day and an important step in the evolution of this airport," said Airport Director Alan Murphy.

Before an audience of elected officials, contractors and community leaders, Murphy officially dedicated the plant, which took about 14 months to complete once construction begin in late 2009. The facility houses four natural-gas-fired, internal-combustion engines driving a total of 7 megawatts of electricity, and two 550-ton absorption chillers to power and cool the airport's terminals.

JWA embarked on its multiyear expansion project in an effort to accommodate the growing number of travelers passing through the destination – which currently stands at about 9 million per year – as well as to upgrade its facilities to provide continued customer satisfaction.

The program includes the construction of a new Parking Structure C that will accommodate more than 2,000 additional spaces, and a 282,000-square-foot Terminal C with six passenger gates, new concessions and other amenities, which is slated to open later this year. (For more on planned food and beverage updates, click here.)

Photos courtesy of JWA.

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