Chippewa Valley Regional Airport Eau Claire, WI
The Chippewa Valley Regional Airport (CVRA) has experienced exponential growth throughout the years facilitating the need for an expansion. CVRA’s terminal development project began with the ground breaking for Phase I. The primary reason for the project was to meet new security requirements for the existing terminal building. Phase I expanded the secured passenger waiting area to include seating for current demand and added post-security restroom facilities. A large part of the existing terminal building was remodeled during this phase and included the replacement of HVAC controls and equipment replacement with high-efficiency equipment. The terminal development project resulted in meeting current building codes and ADA compliance. Phase I also included a complete reconstruction of the terminal parking facility and the addition of automated parking revenue controls (allowing passengers to pay for parking using credit cards).
Phase II of the project included the addition of the boarding bridge and an incoming baggage carousel. In preparation for the boarding bridge, a taxiway had to be moved and the ramp expanded. This phase also added more energy-saving measures and tightened the building envelope with the replacement of existing roof and remaining building exterior. The project is a registered Focus on Energy project and includes other energy saving measures such as day lighting controls and occupancy sensors.
The biggest challenge to this project was to maintain operations safely and efficiently during construction. It was imperative that airport operations for employees, air crew, and passengers were not disrupted. The extensive planning, coordination, quality construction management, and quality control associated with this project resulted in an attractive, safe, and energy-efficient facility that will serve travelers for many years to come.