Major construction on the new terminal and parking lot at Bert Mooney Airport will soon be underway.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the $13 million project starts at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the airport grounds off Harrison Avenue.
When all is said and done, the terminal will consist of 27,000 square feet of main floor space and will include a lobby area, airline ticketing area, administration offices and conference space, TSA passenger screening, bar and concession area, baggage carousel, rental car space, and restrooms.
The building will also boast a lower level with more space for baggage screening and handling equipment.
Paul Powers, a native of Butte, is the architect for the project.
Powers’ design includes vintage light fixtures resembling those from historic Uptown Butte and large steel beams angled in the shape of a headframe.
The project’s $13 million price tag has more than doubled from where it was a year ago, but backers say the federal government is covering a majority of the cost and the new terminal will be good for business.
In March, Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners approved a $1 million allocation from the county’s Hard Rock Mine Trust for the project. The federal government, meanwhile, is supplying about $9.2 million.