Danville Airport upgrades continue; northern part of the terminal will be completed next week | Local News

Upgrades at the Danville Regional Airport are progressing, and the remodeling of the northern portion of the terminal building is nearing completion.

This part of the terminal will be completed next week, and work on the southern part will begin early next month and be completed by the end of the year, said Marc Adelman, director of Danville Transportation.

New furniture will arrive at the airport next week. In addition, the terminal will feature 32 enlarged images of tourist attractions within 30 miles of Danville on its walls, Adelman said.

“Each image identifies what people are looking at,” he said.

Airport customers will also be able to enjoy sightseeing videos on a new large screen in the terminal once the project is complete, Adelman said.

Images will include depictions of notable destinations such as the River District, a rendering of Caesars Virginia Casino, Virginia International Raceway, the Riverwalk Trail, Danville Science Center, Averett University, Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville, The Prizery in South Boston and other sites.

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Airport officials worked with Dodie Hudson, interior designer at Dewberry, to select the pictures, determine their size and where to hang them. The images were provided to Chambers of Commerce, VIR and other entities and were framed at the Hobby Lobby, Adelman said.

Rehabilitation projects at the airport have been undertaken to meet increased demand for the Caesars Virginia casino project which is expected to be completed in 2024. The land was laid for it Thursday at Schoolfield.

During a tour of the airport on Tuesday, Adelman highlighted progress being made on the $1.1 million terminal renovation project.

Work completed so far includes refurbished conference rooms, a new customer service area for passengers, a new pilots’ lounge, new ceramic porcelain tile flooring, a quiet area where pilots and passengers can rest and a new pilot shower area.

The project also includes new ceiling tiles, light fixtures, a remodeled kitchen with a dishwasher, washer and dryer, ice maker, and new countertops.

The concourse will become the main passenger waiting area to accommodate larger groups of passengers, Adelman said.

“It’s been revamped to make more efficient use of our space to support casino traffic,” Adelman said.

The majority of the terminal project improvements were modeled based on a review by Adelman and the Airport Commission of two FBOs located at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Adelman said. They examined the FBO counter area, the wide door for buses to access the terminal ramp, the furniture, the galley hallway, the pilot’s shower, the pilot’s lounge and the quiet area, it said. -he declares.

Of the $1.1 million cost of the project, 80% will be covered by the state, with the remainder paid by the city.

Other parts of the terminal project that remain to be done include a new entrance with replaced sliding glass doors and the removal of the fence and canopy, with a smaller canopy installed in its place outside the terminal. There will also be brick pavers and new pavement to replace the grassy area, Adelman said. These elements will be completed in the spring of 2023.

The bathrooms will be demolished and renovated.

Additionally, the fixed-base operator has been working in the main conference room while the FBO office is being remodeled.

As with other airport projects, the taxiway widening was completed last year and officials are awaiting eventual Federal Aviation Administration funding approval for the $5 million ramp rehabilitation. south, Adelman said. Work on the project is expected to begin in October.

A $3 million runway rehabilitation project was completed earlier this month. This included milling and paving of the runway and parallel taxiway. It was the section’s first rehab since 1981, Adelman said.

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