New airport administration facility on way

A new administration building will be the first in a series of improvements slated for Grand Junction Regional Airport.

Bids for local contracting work are slated to go out Monday for the 22,685-square-foot building, which will be on the airport’s eastern side. Construction is expected to last about nine months.

The building, designed with ample windows and stone work, will consist of two above-ground levels and a basement. Construction will be coordinated with future improvements at the airport, the next phase of which includes a complete redesign of the airport’s public entrance.

Administration officials have been working away from the airport as officials from the Transportation Security Administration officials occupy on-site airport office space.

“The problem is trying to run an airport off-site. It’s costly,” Airport Authority Chairman Denny Granum said at an open house Wednesday night to release plans for the new building.

The new administration building will include a community room at its south end. The space can be used for community events and airport-related meetings. Office spaces will be lined up to the north, facing the Bookcliffs and the runways. A bay in the basement will house an emergency fire vehicle and other equipment. Other rooms will be dedicated for fingerprinting and testing employees.

Architects designed the airport expansion so the phases can be completed without affecting operations in other areas, said Robin Ault, associate principal of the airport’s architect, Fentress Architects.

“I’m excited,” he said. “I think it will be a nice new building in Grand Junction.”


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I have to wonder how a new administration building materially benefits arriving or departing passengers.  This seems like the airport management lavishing an expensive frivolity on themselves.

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