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Groundbreaking set for new Bert Mooney Airport terminal

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Here is an artist's rendering of what the new terminal planned at Bert Mooney Airport in Butte will look like from the outside.

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.

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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.

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