Demolition of buildings to clear the way for a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport could begin in a few months.
Construction of the terminal, though, is still some time away.
The airport administration received an environmental assessment from the FAA and is advertising for someone to demolish several structures, including the former UPS building next to the United Airlines gate, Executive Director Steven Picou said.
The work will include remediation of an old hangar, which contains asbestos and lead.
Advertisement for bids began in May and will last about 30 days, he said. Construction will begin some time after a contract is signed.
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Meanwhile, Picou said, the design of the new terminal is about 60 percent complete. It should be released to the airport commission and public in July.
The next phase of design will involve things like selecting colors, lighting, restroom fixtures and acoustics, he said.
Construction of the new airport terminal is expected to be complete by early 2022.
Voters in Lafayette Parish agreed to pay a 1-cent sales tax through most of 2015 to help pay for the project. The tax generated about $32 million toward the approximately $120 million to $130 million project cost.
The terminal is expected to be more than 100,000 square feet, twice the size of the existing terminal, with five boarding gates, a larger lobby, two security screening stations and more options for dining and shopping. It’s also supposed to include additional parking.
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