A $79 million renovation completed in October of 2018 transformed the Greater Rochester International Airport (aka ROC) from a run of the mill mid-size hub to a signature gateway to the greater metro area.
The most visible element of the rehab is a soaring, billowing canopy of steel that adds a signature visual element at the same time it helps protect departing and arriving travelers from the worst elements of Rochester’s changeable weather.
The changes have garnered numerous awards, including the 2018 Most Innovative Medium/Small Hub Airport Award from the Airport Innovation Accelerator’s Third Annual Forum. But there was much more to the redesign that helps make the airport a cool space for people of all abilities. In addition to the signature entrance canopy, the rehab work included an enlarged passenger security checkpoint; new Food Court lounge space and over 1,000 more power outlets for passengers; a partnership with The Strong National Museum of Play for two interactive passenger play zones; hearing loops and counter loops for passengers who are hearing impaired; smart LED lighting to communicate visual messages; the airport’s own network ROCview that allows passengers to monitor gate activity remotely; and the Aira Network, which helps blind and visually impaired travelers move through the terminal.
The airport dates back to a flight hangar built in 1927. Monroe County began operating the ROC airport in 1948, just after the end of World War II, and the two-story airport terminal was built in 1991.
The most recent terminal renovation completed in 2018 consisted of 20 bid packages, 14 prime contractors, 50 subcontractors; SEI Design Group, CHA Companies, Passero Associates and LeChase Construction made up the designers, architects, engineers and construction management team.