The Evansville Regional Airport terminal will be renovated with a total project investment of $12.36 million including $5 million in Indiana Economic Development Corporation(IEDC).Regional Cities Initiative financing.
The project will be done in parts, Evansville-Vanderburgh Airport (EVA) Authority district spokesperson Leslie Fella told the Citizen-Times.
“We’ve finished the concept phase, and now we’ll be moving into the design phase over the next several months,” she said. “We expect to divide the overall project into multiple phases – parking lot, lighting, road upgrades and other exterior updates will be the first to be released.”
Design work and bid packages should be finished within the coming weeks.
(Evansville-based Hafer architects and engineers said in May the practice had been awarded a contract for several future airport projects including “the terminal remodel, exterior façade improvements, security revisions and a restaurant transformation.”)
The airport’s terminal building was designed 30 years ago, and must undergo infrastructure updates in order to remain functional and competitive. Functional improvements to the airport include reconfiguring the TSA security gates, increasing the utilization of jet ways and updating their terminal’s restrooms, restaurants and parking. Additionally, the airport will undergo renovations to update its appearance.
These projects were recommended for funding by the Southwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) and are part of the region’s Indiana’s Great Southwest plan, which outlines a goal of 11 regional development projects in four counties totaling $926 million in investments.
Southwest Indiana was one of three Indiana regions selected to receive state funding through the Regional Cities Initiative, which will allocate a total of $126 million toward 100 quality of place projects totaling more than $2 billion in combined state, local and private investment.