Construction Begins on a New Terminal for the Dubuque Airport

October  17, 2012

After years of planning and preparation, the Dubuque Regional Airport is officially starting to build a new terminal. This afternoon, members of the airport commission and other officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the nearly 40 million dollar project.

Airport Manager, Bob Grierson, says the 33,000 square foot terminal will be located on the opposite side of the airport from the existing terminal. The one story building will include an entry for arrivals and ticketing, security screening area, one or two jetways, baggage claim, space for car rental companies, offices, and a restaurant.

The project also includes a new aircraft apron and a parking lot. Grierson says the target date for opening Dubuque's new terminal is 2016. That's because of the Federal Aviation Administration's funding schedule. 

The final phase of the project will include the exterior entrance and the 500 space parking lot. A crew has already completed initial site preparation and drainage, but the airport manager says it'll be spring before construction crews really start digging. 

The new Dubuque Airport terminal will also feature geo-thermal heating and cooling, plus as much local material as possible, such as limestone.