Airport Board meets

    Photo credit to Charles Murphy.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau International Airport Terminal Reconstruction project is about to really get moving.

    Airport Architect Catherine Fritz reported the construction costs have increased as the engineers have better understood the complexities of maintaining structural stability through the various phases of demolition and reconstruction.  She told the Airport Board the phasing is essential to maintain airport operations so the process of reconciling scope and budget is currently underway.

    The design development phase of the Airport Terminal expansion is complete.  The goal of the project is to replace aged and worn out infrastructure like restrooms, entry doors and roofs.  It will abate hazardous materials, improve energy efficiency while reducing operating costs, promote sustainability with the terminal off diesel power, increase flexibility for leasing with additional space, and expand development along Shell Simmons Drive.

    The budget for the project is $24.72 million.  This includes estimated construction costs of $17.44 million.  The CBJ Assembly has authorized $18 million in Airport Revenue Bonds for project cash flow.  The bonds will be repaid through FAA funding and passenger facility charges.

    Four years of Federal Aviation Funds, a total of $11.8 million, are also dedicated toward the project.  The financing plan includes $5.92 million in passenger facility charges and $5.9 million in a general obligation bond.

    The project remains in the pre-construction phase with temporary offices and facilities, new electrical service beginning in August and FAA equipment relocation including Air Traffic in September.

    Phase one construction should start in January, 2020 and last until Spring, 2021.  Phase 2 demolition and reconstruction will run from the Spring of 2021 through the end of 2021.

    Phase one work include isolating the existing north end, demolish up to the main entry and build new 2-story areas.  Phase 2 will include demolishing the north end, close the main entry, demolish the existing elevator, stairway, and escalator.  It will complete all interior finishes and remaining site work.

    Temporary facilities will be needed during construction.   The Airport Board will meet at Glacier Valley Fire Station for the foreseeable future beginning in August. The Airport Administration and FAA offices will be located in the current Alaska Room.  Alaska Seaplanes, Harris Air and Island Air will continue to operate in smaller facilities in the old north end.

    Curbside activity will be mostly unaffected but it will be more important than ever to load and unload only and not have vehicles waiting at the front curb.

    Airport staff said cooperation during demolition and reconstruction will be greatly appreciated. 

    Airport Superintendent Scott Rinkenberger gave a presentation on the Jordan Creek greenbelt tree and grass trimming to the west of the pedestrian bridge.  He said the improvements have gotten a lot of positive reviews from the public.  Several groups that include the SE Alaska Watershed Coalition, and various CBJ committees and departments assisted the project.  The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Fish and Game were also involved.

    Board member Al Clough said the project has turned an eyesore into an asset.

    Board Chairman David Epstein said the project was a great team effort.

    Juneau para-gliders raised concerns about Federal Aviation Administration regulations that cover downtown.    Members said it has interrupted the gliding off Mount Roberts.  The club said they received no notice of the change.  They plan to meet with the FAA to discuss the changes.

    Airport Manager Patty Wahto reported they have contracted with Cox Environmental to test well sites at seven locations for possible aqueous film-forming foam contamination.  Preliminary results are expected in August.

    The Airport has agreed to a new three-year contract with the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association Union.  Members are expected to vote on the package soon.

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