City leaders tour construction at new airport terminal

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WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita city officials on Thursday received a tour of the new $160 million terminal at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport.

Last September, crews broke ground on the project.

City leaders today received another sneak peek at the work in progress.

The terminal will feature the city’s rich aviation history and offer a brand new parking garage.

Some of the features included in the facility is fritted glass.  It’s glass that when held up close you see a series of dark polk dots but from away it seems clear.

It’s a method of UV light protection.

The overall floor plan is much more open and bright including more than 950 feet of skylights.

“Natural provides a better atmosphere in the building, cuts down on lighting costs as well, the glass is well insulated and it’s well made,” said Jim Armour, resident engineer.

Construction workers say their goal is to have the building completely enclosed by January.

The terminal will replace the old one, which was built in 1954.

Construction is supposed to wrap up in March of 2015.

The airport is set to open the following month.

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