Breaking Ground

Construction on the Airport’s new Operations Building is set to begin, and to commemorate the event, the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport Authority Board of Commissioners is hosting a ground breaking ceremony Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 11:00 am.

“Building design has been a work-in-progress for years,” said Stephanie Morgan, Airport Manager.  “But once the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) agreed with our request for a larger, more capable Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) vehicle, the pieces fell into place.”

The newest generation ARFF equipment won’t fit in the old building, so the Airport Board decided to consolidate the airport’s rescue/firefighting and winter operations buildings into one facility.  Located on the airport’s south side, the new facility will take a little over a year to complete, about the same time staff expects to take delivery of the latest in ARFF equipment.

“The FAA’s contribution of about $4.4 million to the building project sure made the finances work a lot easier,” said Pat Nuxoll, Board Treasurer.  The Authority Board awarded the bid to Ginno Construction of Coeur d’Alene.

With a quality contractor and solid funding in place, Board Chairman Jim Finley expressed relief.  “The project is going to roll right along now,” he said.  “It’s a great milestone, consistent with our emphasis on safety and efficiency.”

The Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport provides quick, cost-effective, convenient air service for North Central Idaho, Southeastern Washington, and Northeastern Oregon.  Daily flights are available to Seattle, Boise, and Salt Lake City with connections anywhere in the world.