Even though the winter of 2013-2014 will go down in the record books as one of Minnesota’s more punishing, the new Duluth International Airport Terminal is comfortable enough to make you yearn for a trip up north.
The government construction project took top honors at the Minnesota Construction Association (MCA) annual gala presented Jan. 29, 2014, one of four Awards of Excellence presented to Kraus-Anderson projects.
The new terminal opened in January 2013, replacing a 40-year old, outdated facility with a world-class facility that meets Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) compliance requirements, Department of Homeland Security requirements, Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility guidelines; and accommodates processing of international flights by Customs and Border Protection (CBP). At 110,000 s.f., it is the same size as the old facility, with a superior design that greatly expands capacity, traffic flow and convenience. The new 400-seat boarding concourse is more than three times the capacity of the old boarding area, with improved signage, free Wi-Fi and floor plug-ins for passengers’ electronics. The new layout also allows for the first time all three airlines serving Duluth to be located next to each other in the check-in lobby. And the new parking apron will be able to handle more and larger jets. Other amenities include a café, bar and gift shop. The airport now serves about 300,000 passengers a year.
Designed by architects Reynolds, Smith & Hills, Inc. to LEED Silver certification standards, the new terminal’s sustainable features include a geothermal heating system; radiant air floors in the passenger areas, a highly efficient water system, and expansive glass curtain walls providing natural lighting and sweeping views of the surrounding countryside . Regionally-made products and recycled materials were utilized in construction. About 75 percent of the construction and demolition waste was recycled.
In addition, the project includes new long- and short-term parking lots, multiple pick-up and drop-off vehicle traffic lanes, and a separate commercial-vehicle lane.
The KA project team remains at the airport, currently at work on excavation, footings and foundation installation for a new, four-story parking structure, which will be connected to the terminal by skywalk. More details in an upcoming post on Cold Weather Construction!
Additional MCA Awards of Excellence for KA Projects
New Project – Over $10 Million: HealthPartners Riverway Clinic, Anoka, Minn.
Created with community input, the new 60,000 s.f. healthcare construction is nearly double the size of the former facility, with several new diagnostic and treatment services, in a serene environment with abundant natural light, natural stone and wood. Designed by BWBR Architects, the teamwork effort included strong participation among women and minority subcontractors; and employed BIM/VDC technology to enhance the efficiency and flexibility of the facility for the owner’s future use.
Renovation Project: Longfellow Elementary School, Minot, N.D.
This successful elementary school construction project is part of a massive flood recovery effort for Minot Public Schools that began in July of 2011. KA worked closely with FEMA and the school district, initially setting up 60 modular classrooms to allow fall 2011 classes to start on schedule. The new school facility opened in time for the 2013-2014 school year and includes a 24,850 s.f. two-story classroom addition; 9,417 s.f. single-story classroom addition; and 8,120-s.f. gymnasium. Designed by JLG Architects, Renovation consisted of a 25,641 s.f. remodel; conversion of the gym into a cafeteria; and renovation of the entire school into a seamless, contemporary structure.
Green Project: Gundersen Behavioral Health, La Crosse, Wis.
The new 54,000 s.f. 34-bed facility offers state-of-the-art treatment and security in an inviting, compassionate environment, all part of Gundersen’s LEED-certified campus expansion. The two-story building replaces a 40-year old facility with maximized natural light, greater privacy, and freedom of movement including outdoor courtyards for patients and visitors. The U-shaped layout provides behind-the-scenes access and expanded patient wards for acute, geriatric, adult and adolescent patients. Design details include open nurses’ stations, porch-like areas in patient rooms promote interaction and calm. The healthcare construction project was designed by HSR Associates Inc. in collaboration with BWBR Architects.