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Airport Terminal Groundbreaking

Posted on 9/30/2010

Jim Boyd, airport authority chairman, addresses a crowd Thursday during a groundbreaking ceremony at the Jamestown Regional Airport
Officials break ground for new air terminal

The official process of the construction of a new airport terminal and hte renovation of portions of the existing terminal got under way Thursday. The groundbreaking was attended by officials of the Jamestown Regional Airport Authority, Sen. Byron Dorgan''s office, the city of Jamestown, the Federal Aviation Administration and the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission.

Current Airport Authority Chairman Jim Boyd thanked the current board and past board Chairman Johnny Klingenberg who was unable to attend due to health problems.

"This did not happen by accident," he said, "but was part of our long-range plan to build the airport."

Boyd also thanked the community.

"We need to thank the businesses including Jamestown College and the flying public for supporting and using commercial air service in Jamestown," he said.

The public support of the airport was underlined by an announcement by Andrew Schneider, airport manager, that passenger boardings for the month of September were at 415. The number marked the second highest month for air travelers at Jamestown in the past 20 years.

Other speakers also praised the community's commitment to air travel.

"I want to congratulate the airport authority on the terminal project," said Mark Holzer, formerly of the North Dakota Aeronautics Administration but now an official with the FAA. "This community has over 30 years of support to the Essential Air Service Act. The new terminal guarantees another 30 years of success."

Bob Miller, chairman of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission, thanked the community of Jamestown for its commitment to air travel.

"This is the front door to your community," he said. "I want to thank the community from the aviation community and the traveling public for your forward thinking plans."

Some site preparation work has already started at the airport terminal. The project will require the removal of much of what is now the west end of the terminal building. This space is currently used for administrative offices. The initial construction will not disturb the current passenger terminal space.

The passenger terminal space will be constructed in that area with dirt work starting in the next weeks. Weather permitting the contractor, Wick Construction of Valley City, hopes to complete the shell before winter. The new terminal is slated for completion in September 2011.

At that time the passenger operations will move to the new terminal space and the portion of the building currently used for passenger operations will be remodeled into administrative office areas.

"There shouldn't be any disruption of the passenger terminal operations through any of this," Schneider said.

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