ROC Renovation is intended to both transform and enhance our terminal, inside and out, to create a 21st Century, high-tech smart facility that best serves the business and economic needs of travelers and creates a better passenger experience for those in the Finger Lakes Region. Expected to be completed in the fall of 2018, the project's highlights include:


Airport Landscape and Access

The project will include improved wayfinding signage, upgraded lighting, landscaping and a new Smart Phone Lot with better user accessibility.

The new Smart Phone Lot will be located before vehicles reach the terminal. This eliminates the need for vehicles to travel around the airport multiple times and enhances safety and security by reducing standing vehicles on terminal roadways. Large LED display will be installed in the new Smart Phone Lot to provide important flight information and an electric vehicle charging station.

Airport Entrance Canopy

Construction of a canopy over the entranceway to the terminal building and parking garage will provide passengers with sheltered access from inclement weather to and from the parking garage and during curbside drop-off and pick-up. The canopy will reduce operation and maintenance costs decreasing the need for snow and ice removal. The canopy will also include solar panels and the ability to store rainwater for irrigation purposes. Colorful lighting will be used to create a unique and variable design.

The Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) is the world’s gateway to the Finger Lakes. ROC contributes over $800 million to our local economy each year while creating and sustaining 10,000 jobs for our friends and neighbors. 

Smart Terminal 21st Century Airport Renovations

Terminal revitalization will transform the building using “smart” technology integration for seamless HVAC energy management, lighting management and Bluetooth connectivity so that the building can communicate directly with passengers who choose to engage. Communication enhancements include installation of hearing loop technology, more video screens with visual messaging, lighting cues and more that will create a near barrier-free experience for passengers with special travel needs. Building redesign will increase line of sight, improve passenger flow throughout the terminal and modernize restaurant space with updated storefronts and amenities.

Security improvements will expand and redesign the passenger security checkpoint, reducing passenger wait times and increasing efficiency. Boarding and ticketing enhancements will provide additional “lounge” style seating, more charging stations for electronic devices, remote tablet locations for ordering food or providing entertainment and exciting, new children’s play areas.

Business/Technology Incubator Feasibility Study

This study will explore the possibility of housing an on-site private/public/academia partnership for product development, particularly for smart transportation industry focused technology in a space where local institutions of higher learning and entrepreneurs can research, develop and bench test products.  If the study find that there would be significant benefit for our regional economy and the decision is made to move forward, construction could happen in 2019 as part of a second phase of the project.


The project timeline will be complete in the fall of 2018 and work is already underway. There will be times where the normal passenger flow is impacted however, terminal operations will continue throughout and mitigating the impact to passengers will be monitored.

Check this site weekly to read about the latest construction updates and how your upcoming travel may be impacted. You may also email the airport directly at with questions.

Airport ambassadors will be available soon throughout the terminal at peak travel periods to assist with passenger wayfinding and questions.


The total project cost is $79 Million.

ROC competed and was the first airport in the state to win Governor Cuomo’s Upstate Airport Economic and Revitalization Competition receiving nearly $40 Million

The remainder will be funded through a combination of existing Passenger Facility Charges (PFC’s), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Funds (AIP) and Airport Authority Funds.

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