Iowa’s Creative Corridor – The Eastern Iowa Airport marked the end of the second phase of its four-phase Terminal Modernization Project during an open house held Thursday. The open house was a way to thank passengers, employees and all those who have worked on the project.

Renderings of Phase 3 were also made available to provide a sneak peek of the work that will begin in 2017.

The Terminal Modernization began in 2014 and includes upgraded finishes, improved energy efficiency and upgraded amenities.

Marcia Rogers, chair of the Cedar Rapids Airport Commission, said the airport recently observed the 30th anniversary of the terminal dedication. She said leaders then, as they do now, recognize how important the airport is in serving as a gateway for Cedar Rapids and the entire region.

“We have a million passengers and even more visitors who are in the airport each year,” she said. For some, this is their first and/or last impression of the city and, perhaps Iowa. Work done to date – and work that will be done in the future – is a reflection of the region and its people. We want residents and visitors alike to understand and appreciate how beautiful and progressive the area is omeprazole online.”

Marty Lenss, airport director, said the project is not only focusing on enhancing the customer experience, but it will improve efficiency for passengers, as well as energy efficiency.

“The airport adopted a strategic plan earlier this year and we want to ensure that every design detail fits one of the airport’s values: fiscal responsibility, accountability, customer service, environmental stewardship, and safety and security,” he said.

The total project is estimated to cost $55 million, though final cost will not be known until bids are received and contracts awarded. The third phase – which will be the largest phase of the renovation – is set to begin in mid-2017. The airport is a self-sustaining entity, and therefore, no local tax dollars will be used for this project.

Lenss said among the improvements in the third phase is a geothermal heating and cooling system. He said the addition of this system is good for the environment and will reduce energy costs for the airport and its tenants – including the airlines. A photovoltaic system that would be installed on the new roof is also under consideration, Lenss said.

“We want to make sure we maintain fiscal responsibility and balance it with the forward-thinking vision that has always been a hallmark of The Eastern Iowa Airport,” he said.

Lenss said other Phase 3 improvements are an expanded Federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint area, including plans for a TSA Pre-check lane; additional passenger loading bridges and expanded concession offerings post-security.

Work on the fourth phase will focus on the existing concourse. The entire project is estimated to be complete by late 2019.

Key Points about The Eastern Iowa Airport Terminal Modernization Project:

Lead companies for design and construction:

  • Mead & Hunt – architect
  • Foth – civil engineering
  • KJWW Engineering Consultants – mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer
  • Meyer Borgman Johnson – structural engineering
  • Kleiman Construction, Inc. and Tricon Construction Group – general contractors


Phase 1
The focus of Phase 1 was the exterior of the terminal, including a new façade, signage and additional windows to natural light.

Phase 2
Work done on Phase 2 was in the pre-secure area. This included:

  • Skylights
  • New floor and wall coverings
  • Renovated baggage claim and rental car counters
  • New seating
  • New Information Desk
  • Signage
  • Covered walkway to ground transportation and employee parking
  • Upgraded HVAC to increase efficiency

Phase 3:

  • 58,000-square foot expansion (current terminal size is 120,000 square feet)
  • A geothermal heating and cooling system
  • Expanding the TSA checkpoint, planned to include a TSA Pre-Check lane
  • Expanded concession options post-security, including new technology to order food and beverage from anywhere in the post-security area
  • Adding two passenger loading bridges (increase the number of bridges from 7 to 9)
  • Planned “living wall” to further enhance the airport’s environmental stewardship
  • New seating with power availability


About The Eastern Iowa Airport – CID

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Allegiant: Las Vegas (LAS), Orlando Sanford (SFB), Phoenix/Mesa (AZA), Punta Gordo/Ft. Meyers (PGD), Phoenix/Mesa (AZA), St. Pete/Tampa (PIE), seasonal service to Los Angeles (LAX)
American Airlines: Charlotte (CLT), Chicago (ORD) and Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW)
Delta: Atlanta (ATL), Detroit (DTW), Minneapolis (MSP)
Frontier Airlines: Seasonal service to Denver (DEN)
United Airlines: Chicago (ORD) and Denver (DEN)
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