Granite nabs $89M Houston airport subcontract

Award: United Airlines Terminal B Airside Transformation subcontract at George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Value: $89 million
Location: Houston
Clients: United Airlines and Manhattan Construction

The airport project wins just keep stacking up for public contractors. 

Watsonville, California-based Granite Construction has landed an $89 million subcontract at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, the company announced in a May 22 news release. The job is part of the $2 billion United Airlines Terminal B Airside Transformation project. 

The larger project, which is funded by the airline and the city of Houston, will renovate the north and south concourse of Terminal B, one of the air hub’s oldest terminals. Granite’s scope of work includes the demolition and reconstruction of the existing north concrete apron. That will pave the way for the new terminal’s construction, which will have more gates and amenities for travelers. 

Granite announced the news shortly after its Los Angeles-based peer, Tutor Perini, snared a $229 million terminal connector job at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. That project, in turn, took flight after Tutor Perini subsidiary Roy Anderson announced a $72.7 hangar project at Pensacola International.

While both companies are pursuing airport work, how they’re going about it involves different approaches. Tutor isn’t shy about going after jobs worth hundred of millions, or even billions, of dollars. Indeed, the firm is building the $2.95 billion Brooklyn jail in New York City

Granite, by contrast, often pursues smaller, bite-sized jobs, which are easier to manage in terms of project execution and material cost risk. Its United Terminal B award in Houston, for example, is just one part of that larger project and was awarded by both the airline and Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Manhattan Construction, the project’s construction manager at risk, according to its website.

Granite’s work will include approximately 126,000 square yards of demolition and 154,000 square yards of concrete paving for the new apron and service roads, the firm said. It will also carry out associated earthwork, utility coordination and drainage work.

Granite plans to begin work this summer, and expects to finish in April 2026. 

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