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Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport
14035-L Airport Rd, Gulfport, Misssissippi 39503

Location: 30.41433° N, 89.07435° W

The three-story Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is currently served by four major airlines, has four existing gates and two under construction at the time of Hurricane Katrina. Its structural system is a steel moment frame clad with gypsum wallboard partition over metal studs. There was no flooding in the terminal and no structural damage, although window breakage and roof damage caused extensive architectural damage to two of four gates. Some window breakage occurred in the air traffic control tower, but not at the level of the control room. There was extensive damage to exterior architectural finishes of the terminal. Baggage handling equipment was undamaged, and ticketing counters were undamaged. By Thursday 8 Sep 2005 the airport was partially operational with one airline providing flights.

exterior terminal

Figure 1: The photo shows the airport terminal building.

Photo: K. Porter (for MCEER)

exterior terminal

Figure 2: The terminal was undergoing expansion at the time of Hurricane Katrina; because the new gate areas were not yet enclosed, the hurricane caused damage to studs and roof closure.

Photo: K. Porter (for MCEER)

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Figure 3: Window breakage caused extension architectural damage and closure in two gate areas.

Photo: K. Porter (for MCEER)

view of tower

Figure 4: Some breakage occurred in lower levels of the air traffic control tower

Photo: K. Porter (for MCEER)

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