Demolition starts for new terminal project at McAlester Regional Airport

Contractors recently started demolition on the $2.7 million project for a new terminal building at the McAlester Regional Airport.

Plans call for the 72-year-old terminal building to be demolished and a new terminal to be constructed within a year after receiving notice to proceed — with the goal of finishing the project by October 2024.

“This is a momentous step toward updating our regional airport,” City Manager Dave Andren said. “We look forward to the project’s completion and making a great first impression with the many people who fly in and out of McAlester for business and to visit our community.”

McAlester Regional Airport Manager Chase Tindle said he is excited for the new terminal that will cover 4,500 square feet — nearly double the size of the old one.

GHN Architects & Engineers drew plans for the new facility that include a conference room, offices, a waiting room, and more. Plans also call for a classroom to house the city’s aeronautics instructional partnership with McAlester Public Schools that teaches students how to build and fly an airplane.

“This is going to be a massive upgrade to the airport and great for our community,” Tindle said.

City council members approved signing grant applications for $439,999 from federal BIL grant funds, $479,308 in federal AIP grant funds, and $869,880 in OAC state funds for the project. The city’s $972,028.47 sponsor share could be reduced with the addition of a partner and would reach the projected cost of $2,761,215.47.

Airport staff officially moved next door to the terminal building in July, but not before they finished a three-month renovation project on the older building. They updated carpeting, light fixtures, trim and painted the interior, and made some upgrades on the facility’s exterior.