Greater City Providence

T.F. Green Intermodal Facility, July Update

Photos and information from RIAC:


An aerial view of the Intermodal Project


A view of the airport from the Skywalk


Construction at the Skybridge stair tower


An aerial view of the CSO building


Construction at the garage and fueling platform

Intermodal Overview

The Intermodal Project is a collaborative effort of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, working in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration.

The $267 million transportation hub will allow MBTA commuter rail service to TF Green airport and Warwick, RI. This project will have the first elevated fueling platforms in the country.

The project is broken into four major areas of construction – the Terminal End Improvements (TEI); the Skywalk; the customer service operations building (CSO) and the parking garage and fueling platforms. These four major components of the Intermodal project are being built concurrently.

Overnight work will include some lane shifts and single-lane closures, but traffic will still be able to navigate in and around the airport.

CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) has joined the project team. CBRE will serve as a project manager working on behalf of the rental car operators. Floors three through six of the garage will be used solely by the rental car operators. These floors will be outfitted with fueling and cleaning equipment for the quick turn around of rentals. CBRE will handle the hiring of general contractors to execute this work.

Terminal End Improvements (TEI)

Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) walls are being placed. Spray fireproofing is being applied to the building’s structural steel elements. Parapet walls and roof membrane installation are underway as are roof drainage and conduit on the bridge spanning the arrival roadway. At the stair tower, concrete masonry unit walls are being built, parapet walls and roof membrane are being installed. Intumescent spray fireproofing application continues. This is an ongoing operation that will last several weeks as the spray is applied in many thin coats.


The Skywalk form is complete and temporary power and lighting is being installed. Steel detailing work is now occurring above Fresno Street. The last of the white structural steel membrane was installed on July 23. The Skywalk roof is progressing. The moving walkways have been delivered and prep work continues in anticipation of their lengthy installation process. Detailing work continues. The remaining open areas of the skywalk will be enclosed in the near future. Curtain wall installation will begin in early August as some of the sections have already been fabricated off-site.


A steel cooling tower is being erected next to the CSO building and will produce air conditioning to the skywalk and TEI buildings. A composite metal panel system is being installed, vapor barrier applied, curtain walls, windows and sheeting all being positioned. Piping is being placed in the stairways as well as ductwork and fan units. The electrical room is also being fitted with overhead conduit. The roof on the CSO building is now complete.

Garage and Fueling Platforms

Approximately 1,511 pieces of precast concrete for the garage and fueling platform structures have been placed. Detailing- welding connections and caulking joints of precast concrete sections is ongoing. Pre-cast concrete is being erected in the stair and elevator towers. A Versa-Lok retaining wall is being constructed at the corner of Jefferson Blvd. and Coronado Road. Due to space constraints, the existing soil embankment was reinforced with a concrete coating and steel rods. Underground drainage and a leveling pad are in place. This wall will be constructed and laterally reinforced by layers of Geosynthetic fabric. CBRE will coordinate with Gilbane on the foundations for the fueling platform canopies and fueling system piping that will be located within the Versa Loc wall fill area. All of this work will be completed before winter.

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  • Along with an Intermodal Facility at TF Green Airport, there should a be a “Ferry Termenal.” See my response for: “You can haz RIPTA Ferry!”

  • Correction: Along with an Intermodal Facility at TF Green Airport, there should also be a “Ferry Termenal.” See my response for: “You can haz RIPTA Ferry!”

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