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5:57 PM Tue, Sept. 18th

Design work for airport terminal awaits OK<BR>Council mulls plans for new building

PRESCOTT – A $4 million airport terminal project could be in the works in Prescott in the next several years, if the City Council approves a $389,170 design contract next week.

At this week's study session, the council heard a presentation on the project from Z&H Engineering, Inc. project manager Jessica Mullen, who outlined plans for a 22,000-square-foot single-story terminal building.

The terminal would include a restaurant, city conference room and expanded passenger amenities, Mullen said, and the firm would design it with expansion capabilities.

Along with Z&H Engineering, the design team would include the local architectural firm, Reilly & Associates, which would be responsible for "working local character into the project," Mullen said.

Airport Manager Rick Severson pointed out that the city's existing airport terminal dates back more than 50 years and consists of about 3,800 square feet.

With the number of commercial passengers increasing significantly, Severson said the existing terminal will not be able to handle the projected continued growth.

Severson said officials are estimating the cost of the new airport terminal "in the ballpark of $4 million."

If the council approves the design contract next week, Mullen said, a more detailed cost estimate should be ready for the city by next spring.

Council members appeared to agree that the city needs an upgraded terminal. They placed the design contract on their consent agenda for next week's voting session – a move that usually indicates that all of the members support an action.

About $250,000 of the design cost would come from the city's budget, while about $147,500 could come from an FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) grant, which is still pending.

Contact the reporter at cbarks@prescottaz.com