GJ Airport Could Undergo New Terminal Building
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- The Grand Junction Regional Airport could soon be getting a new look which would be the first phase of many to renovate the current terminal building.
Bids went out this past Monday for a new 22,000 sq ft building that would be located just east of the current terminal building.
Airport officials say the renovation isn't due to the airport gaining popularity, but rather, having the terminal building function more efficiently.
Officials say the 1980s airport building hasn't changed much since an event that changed the protocol for airport security.
"[The airport hasn't been renovated since] Pre 9/11 and a lot of things have changed in aviation since. Security functions have grown tremendously and we've just been retrofitting this building," said Amy Jordan with the Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority.
The changes will take place if the Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority Board approves the bid within the next couple of weeks.
"[Phase one] It will take place just east of the current facility. Once we're complete, it will have connectivity back to the terminal building," said Jordan.
The new building would house a new administration center, fire station and community room.
"The phase one of the terminal, none of our passengers will even notice except for they'll see the building going up, but it won't impact operations at all," said Jordan.
Last year airport officials conducted a Terminal Area Plan where they noticed the building was soaking up more money than necessary.
"The cost to maintain our current building really outweighed the benefits and so we have decided to move forward with re-building this building," said Jordan.
On May 8, airport officials will open up the bids and the winning bid will be presented at the next Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority Board meeting.