Fairbanks Int'l Airport to Get Makeover

Part of the terminal was built in 1952. It's inefficiently designed, poorly insulated and dirty, according to a 2-year-old study.

Work on the terminal, roads and parking lot will be timed to minimize disruption of services, he said.

The terminal will expand from 134,000 square feet to 151,000 and will gain a gate. Forty new parking spots will be added for travelers and 50 for rental car companies.

The renovations and new construction will be paid for by a combination of bond proceeds and passenger facility charges and comes on top of ongoing upgrades to the airport's taxiway, cargo aprons, and runway.

So what's it going to look like?

"The spirit of it has been to capture the essence and feel of Fairbanks," said VanderZanden, who said plans for the work will be done soon.

It'll have some pizzazz but won't be too flashy, he told the Chamber of Commerce committee.

"It's not gonna be a Taj Mahal," he said.

That will probably please Dodson.

"We're anxious to keep the bears," he said.

Staff writer Stefan Milkowski can be reached at smilkowski@newsminer.comor 459-7577.

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