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Group will weigh design fees for terminal project

The Yampa Valley Airport Commission will be asked tonight to consider more than $1 million in architectural and engineering fees for the second and third phases of a terminal expansion project at the Hayden airport.

County Manager Tom Sullivan said the architectural and engineering costs would be covered by passenger facility charges, which are fees paid by passengers flying in and out of the airport.

“We need to get agreements signed and complete the contracts so we can finalize the amount of money we’ll be getting from the FAA for these projects,” Sullivan said.

Phase two of the Yampa Valley Regional Airport expansion includes a larger waiting area for passengers who have gone through security.

In addition to the expense of designing the terminal expansion, the $1 million would cover the cost of engineering an expansion and improvements to the aircraft parking aprons, a new terminal access road and parking facilities at YVRA.

Included is $364,800 that would be paid to architects The Ross Partnership for the terminal expansion. A second agreement would pay engineering firm Carter and Burgess about $717,000, including more than $400,000 in connection with a new aircraft apron and rehabilitation of an existing apron.

Engineering costs for the access roadway are about $92,000. Public and employee parking facilities account for $143,000 in engineering fees. There is more than $75,000 in the plan for a general aviation development plan.

If the Airport Commission recommends adoption of the contracts, they will go before the Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. Sullivan said the amount of the contracts is not news to the airport commissioners or county commissioners.

The decision on the architectural and engineering fees is a separate matter from a decision the commissioners expect to make in mid-September about whether to proceed with phase two of the expansion in 2005 or delay it for a year, Sullivan said.


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