Ground has been broken on a $160 million south concourse project at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Mayor Annise Parker was on hand Monday in support of the effort involving the Houston Airport System and United Continental Holdings Inc.
The 225,000 square foot facility, expected to be completed in 2013, will mean a Terminal B south concourse for regional jet operations. The complex will replace current smaller flight stations.
Organizers say the sprawling new concourse will also feature 28-foot-high floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
Plans for future phases of the $1 billion redevelopment project include redevelopment of the central Terminal B lobby and baggage claim areas, a new international-capable north concourse, plus a new Terminal B Federal Inspections Services facility.