George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport will undergo restroom renovations totaling $31 million between the two, according to a May 1 news release from Houston Airports. IAH will have a $23 million phased renovation of restrooms, and Hobby Airport will have an $8 million phased renovation, according to the news release.

The overview

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration awarded Houston Airports about $10 million in grants funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, according to the news release.

This funding will go toward Hobby Airport’s restroom renovations, as it will replace “outdated and insufficient men’s, women’s and family restrooms throughout terminals A and D,” according to the news release. Meanwhile, the IAH restrooms are about 20 years old.

According to the news release, the renovations will include the following for both airports:
  • Replace flooring, walls, stalls, lighting, sinks and counters in each restroom.
  • Occupancy sensors will be installed above each full-height stall.
  • Technology will be added in soap and paper towel dispensers to alert airport staff when supplies are low.
  • Custodial closets will be moved near restrooms.
  • Restroom stalls will be bigger and include space for a carry-on suitcase and a shelf for personal belongings.
  • Backlights will be added to mirrors.
  • New artwork and murals will be added.
Quote of note

"This phased renovation will improve the airport guest experience, help us meet increasing passenger demand and signal our commitment to investing in critical infrastructure,” said Jim Szczesniak, the director of aviation for Houston Airports. “Financial support from the FAA ensures Houston's airports remain healthy economic engines as demand for air travel grows."

Stay tuned

While Hobby Airport is currently in Phase 2 out of three with 18 more months to complete renovations, IAH is expected to begin construction before the end of 2024, according to the news release.