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.
The Jamestown Regional Airport Authority awarded a construction contract for a terminal addition and renovation to Wick Construction of Valley City, N.D., Thursday.
The award is contingent on the completion of Federal Aviation Administration grants currently under review.
The Jamestown Regional Airport Authority approved plans and specifications for a new terminal during its regular meeting Wednesday on a 6-1 vote. The estimated $1.8 million price tag caused Jim Dodd to voice the lone dissenting vote.
The Jamestown Regional Airport Authority heard a report on progress toward securing financing for a new terminal project during its regular meeting Wednesday. Preliminary plans for the $1.8 million project were presented to the board at the February meeting.
The Jamestown Regional Airport Authority was informed that it would need to raise between $320,000 and $350,000 of local funds to proceed with the new terminal building project during a 2010 and 2011 construction cycle.
The report came from Steve Aldinger, project engineer for Interstate Engineering, and was the result of conference calls involving himself, airport authority chairman Johnny Klingenberg and representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration and the North Dakota Aeronautics Administration.
The Jamestown Regional Airport Authority received a review of the costs and funding availability for its proposed terminal expansion during its regular meeting Wednesday.
Steve Aldinger, project engineer for Interstate Engineering, said the proposed cost of the building is still on track.
The current terminal building at the Jamestown Regional Airport was built in 1961 and is the oldest commercial air terminal in North Dakota. At that time the airplanes flying in and out of Jamestown were bigger and the passenger counts were higher but the need for space in the terminal building was smaller.
While planning and engineering work will continue, the start date of construction on a new terminal at Jamestown Regional Airport is now planned for the spring of 2010.
The Jamestown Airport authority decided to delay construction at its meeting Wednesday.
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.
The interim director of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission suggested Wednesday that the James-town Regional Airport Authority consider reducing the price it hopes to spend on a terminal expansion.
Mark Holzer proposed a terminal expansion with about a $1 million price tag rather than the $2 million previously discussed.
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