Airport researching possible new terminal

By CANDY NEAL
cneal@dcherald.com

The Dubois County Airport Authority got a first look at a proposed design for a new Huntingburg Airport terminal building during its meeting Monday night.

The authority board has not yet said that it will definitely move forward on the project, but board members have indicated that a bigger facility is needed. They agreed last year to look into the design and cost of a new facility.

Q.N.A.C. Consulting, which is comprised of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology seniors, created the design. The design is for a 6,000-square-foot, single-story building on a concrete pad west of the current terminal and south of the recently added concrete apron. It would have an updated pilot lounge, reception area, multipurpose rooms and other spaces for the airport and terminal users. There would also be a 14,000-square-foot outside patio and garden area west of the new terminal and a parking lot to the terminal’s south with at least 38 spaces. A two-lane road would run south from the parking lot to County Road 900 South.

Board member Bob Johnson said he wanted to make sure that a new terminal would offer amenities that pilots and other airport users need and want now, like Wi-Fi.

“If we’re going to go forward and do this, we need to make it something where we will stand out,” he said, “and not just be another run-of-the-mill terminal. If we want to make this step, we want to do it right.”

Airport Manager Travis McQueen encouraged board members to review the proposed design and to visit other terminals to see what they offer. He also said that they can send the designers any questions they have about the design.

Q.N.A.C plans to come to a future board meeting to discuss the design, McQueen said.

The board also:

• Welcomed new members Brian Crane and Courtney Schwartz.

• Re-elected Jim Hunsicker as president, Mike Cummings as vice president, Bob Johnson as secretary AND Harvey Berger as treasurer. The board also elected Schwartz as assistant secretary and Crane as assistant treasurer.

• Kept the board meetings at 5:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at the Huntingburg Airport’s terminal building, 2495 W. County Road 900S.

• Heard that dirt work should start next week for the closed section of County Road 200 West that will be redone as part of the runway extension. The utility relocations, which needed to be done first, are almost complete, said project engineer Curtis Brown of Woolpert.

• Approved sending the Federal Aviation Administration and Indiana Department of Transportation its five-year capital improvement plan, which is done annually.

• Heard that the airport has de-icer equipment and is working on getting the service up and running.




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