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Airport Receives Two Proposals

Posted on 2/12/2009

Airport receives two proposals
Keith Norman The Jamestown Sun
Published Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Jamestown Regional Airport Authority reviewed two proposed plans for a terminal expansion at its regular February meeting on Wednesday. Steve Aldinger, project engineer for Interstate Engineering, made the presentation with Mark Holzer, acting director of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission, and architects from EAPC of Grand Forks adding comments by telephone.

"Option one leaves all of the existing building intact and makes a 4,900-square-foot addition to the west side," Aldinger said.

The addition would be the public area of the terminal and include ticketing, baggage handling, security screening and secure areas. The existing terminal would be used for administrative functions, break rooms, airline offices, board room and a pilot's flight room.

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Aldinger estimated the project cost of option one at $1.6 million.

"If the limit on FAA funding for terminal construction is lifted from the current level of $200,000 per year by the stimulus package it could be built in one year with the FAA paying $1.1 million," Aldinger said.

The remaining $500,000 would be split between the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission and the Airport Authority.

If the FAA spending cap of $200,000 remains in place the project would be spread over four years with the FAA contributing $200,000 each year. First-year construction would include foundations, walls and a temporary heating system. The second year of construction would finish about 60 percent of the interior of the new portion with the third and fourth years of construction finishing the interior of the new portion and remodeling the old.

Option two tears down all of the existing terminal with the exception of the secure passenger waiting area on the east end of the building. Initial project estimates for option two were $1.5 million. Again, if the stimulus legislation lifts the limit on FAA spending on terminals the project would be built in one year. Otherwise construction would be spread over three years.

In other business it was reported that Mesaba had 233 boardings during January despite seven flights being cancelled due to the weather.

"I'd like to thank the citizens for responding," said Jim Boyd, vice chairman of the Airport Authority, referring to the number of people boarding at the airport. "It is nice to see 233 boardings when a year ago we were averaging 187 per month."

The airport also approved drag races to be held at the airport tentatively scheduled for Aug. 1 and 2.

Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at (701) 952-8452 or by e-mail at knorman@jamestownsun.com