CEDAR RAPIDS — Construction of a new hangar for Kinze Manufacturing and a connecting taxiway extension at The Eastern Iowa Airport are moving toward completion at the end of July.
Airport Operation Director Todd Gibbs told the Cedar Rapids Airport Commission on Monday that three walls and the roof of the hangar off Lippisch Place SW have been completed and the fourth wall should be erected this week.
“Their goal was to get three sides of the building up before Eastern Iowa Excavating comes in May 31,” Gibbs said. “The hangar walls need to be done so the security fence can be moved back and out of the way so a new concrete apron will be poured.
“The hangar will become part of the security fence.”
Gibbs said Eastern Iowa Excavating was awarded a $398,286 contract to construct a taxiway connector and apron that will provide access to a new hangar.
“Fortunately, with the mild spring we have been having, the contractor has been able to get that minimal work done on the hangar in time for our contractor to come in,” Gibbs said. “If we continue to experience good weather, both projects should be wrapping up by the end of July.”
Williamsburg-based Kinze has agreed to construct the 12,000-square-foot hangar and sell it to the airport for no more than $1.5 million. The airport will lease the hangar to Kinze for an initial 25 years with two five-year optional extensions.
It will be the fourth corporate hangar along with facilities owned by Alliant Energy, CRST International and Rockwell Collins.
Gibbs said Kinze is expected to store two airplanes and a helicopter in the hangar.
The airport commission on Monday also heard that construction work on the passenger terminal remodeling project will go on hiatus for seven to nine months, Design work on the third and largest phase of the renovation should be completed during the period, enabling bids to be sought in the spring of 2017.
“We think travelers will enjoy a break from construction in the terminal during the holiday travel period,” Gibbs said.
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