Officials tour new airport terminal

Wichita's new airport terminal (KSN Photo)

WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita city council members are checking out the progress of the new $160 million terminal.

So far, what they’ve learned is encouraging since the project is still on-budget and on-time to open its doors next March.

“The spatial layout is pretty set at this point, we can move walls here and there but the general structural elements are all done and we’re starting our finishes within the next month or two,” said Pat McCollom, AECOM.

The lay-out of the facility will be more open and more convenient so travelers can move through security to their gates faster than the current terminal.  It is much more open and includes more than 950 feet of skylights.

Along with special features to the terminals appearance, other energy efficiency elements to keep costs down are being put in place.

“Right now we know that water is an area that we are definitely looking at so for our airport officials to understand this and to automatically put in water re-usage is very very important,” said Lavonta Williams, with the city council.

The group also got a chance to hear about the terminal’s museum highlighting Wichita’s history as “The Air Capital of the World”.

The new terminal will also offer a brand new parking garage.

The terminal will replace the old one, which was built in 1954. Crews broke ground on the new terminal in 2012.

“Certainly it’s very exciting and it has come a long way from the last time I was here and we were just putting up structural beams and the ceilings and as you can see now, when you’re walking in, you actually see a building, you see the overall future,” said Wichita Mayor, Carl Brewer.

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