Design & Construction
Airport Terminal Renovation
In 2005, a Master Plan for the renovation of the Airport Terminal was completed. It called for addition and renovation to areas that were constructed after 1984, and replacement of areas that were constructed prior to 1984.
Phase I added approximately 13,000 s.f. to the terminal, and renovated approximately 40,000 s.f. The work improved passenger services with a new baggage belt and a down-direction escalator. The visitor information services were greatly improved, and the community now has a multi-use meeting room that is available for rent. The renovations increased natural daylighting throughout the building and improved traffic flow on the front curb. The geothermal heat pump system allowed the development of a ice-melt system on the exterior sidewalks, street crosswalk, and taxi waiting area.
Design for Phase II is currently underway. The scope will replace all areas that were originally constructed prior to 1984. New lobby and counter space for the regional air carriers will be provided in a two-story configuration that will generally match the Phase 1 design. The total project cost is estimated at $21.6 million and demolition of the old areas is scheduled for Fall 2019.
As an isolated northern community, Juneau welcomed the exciting new era of aviation. The first airfied in Juneau was constructed for military operations in the 1930’s.
Commercial passenger service drove the development of a terminal at the Juneau Municipal Airport that was dedicated in the summer of 1949. This modern facility provided counters for the two major carriers, Pacific Northern and Pan American Airlines. Amenities included a nursery and comfortable waiting area.
Less than 10 years later, a two-story addition tripled the size of the terminal and added a cafe, offices, and air traffic tower. The airport was now an essential transportation link as Alaska entered statehood, and a popular destination for locals to socialize.
Another addition in 1973 allowed further services to be added, and the building was given a new front face as it was oriented toward Shell Simmons Drive. Automobile parking was relocated to the north side of the building.
By the 1980’s, the specific needs of two distinct types of commercial aviation (large commercial jets and small commuter air taxis) shaped the development of another large addtiion to the terminal. The increase of tourism and Juneau’s role as a regional hub also contributed to the design of the 1984 addition.
While many modifications have taken place, the terminal continues to have elements of every era of its 60 year history. Juneau is proud to be a gateway to Alaska and values the airport as a critical link to services throughout the region.
The next phase of design work will focus on the north wing of the terminal. Stay tuned!
Renovation of the terminal will allow for substantial improvements in the energy efficiency of the building. The project will increase insulation in the roof and exterior walls and replace lighting with new energy efficient lamps and fixtures. Most notably, a new system of heating and cooling the building will be installed. It transfers geothermal energy from the earth into a liquid filled piping loop that provides heating and cooling to interior spaces through the use of heat pumps. This system will allow the building to replace oil heating fuel with a renewable, clean energy source. While initially more costly to install, the expected energy savings make it worthwhile. The docments linked below provide information about the Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) system at the airport.
Construction of the Geothermal Field began in May of 2009. Gregory Drilling performed the drilling of the 108 wells at a depth of 360′. Harri’s Plumbing and Heating is currently fabricating the piping that will carry the antifreeze liquid from the field into the airport terminal. Harri’s will then be retrofitting the terminal for the new heat system.
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