Truckee Tahoe Airport unveils plans for $5 million upgrade |

Truckee Tahoe Airport unveils plans for $5 million upgrade

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun
Rendering by Ward Young Architecture and PlanningAn architectural renduring of the Truckee Tahoe Airport's planned new administration building.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Truckee Tahoe Airport could have a bigger, better building by the end of 2011.

The current administration building for the airport district is 45 years old. Dozens of remodels and at least three additions have been made to the wood-paneled, 4,765 square foot building over the years, but now the district wants to start anew.

Planned for the current parking lot space at the end of Truckee Airport Road, the 11,557-square-foot building would not only give the district the space it needs, but the modern amenities they need too, officials said. The preliminary estimate puts the projectand#8217;s price tag at about $5 million, said Kevin Bumen, director of aviation, community relations and communications for the district.

and#8220;Weand#8217;re limited beyond just space and#8212; in terms of electrical load and IT, weand#8217;re topped out too. Thatand#8217;s a very big limitation,and#8221; he said. and#8220;It (the current building) doesnand#8217;t meet all the current codes like having an elevator for ADA, and remodeling at this point is just not cost effective.and#8221;

If approved, construction could start by the end of summer, and the building could open by December 2011, said Phred Stoner, the districtand#8217;s interim general manager.

No date for consideration by the Nevada County Planning Commission has been set yet, Bumen said.

and#8220;We can afford to do this now, and itand#8217;s a good time to build if you can afford it in this economy,and#8221; Stoner said. and#8220;The board is very intent on stimulating and supporting the local economy.and#8221;

The current building would be torn down, replaced with a park-like area, Bumen said, and the new building would be constructed at Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver-equivalent standards.

As for what a new building might signal for the airportand#8217;s future, Bumen said itand#8217;s business as usual.

and#8220;There has always been a myth out there that weand#8217;re building out for commercial airline service, but thatand#8217;s an absolute myth and this is not a step in that direction,and#8221; Bumen said. and#8220;We are building it to do exactly what weand#8217;re doing today tomorrow, only better.and#8221;

New board room

One part of the airportand#8217;s administration building in particular need of expansion is the board room, Stoner said.

Right now, it fits 33 people and#8212; small for public meetings with the board, staff and public in attendance, Stoner said, not to mention the 30 or so groups like youth soccer, little league and the Civil Air Patrol that use the room for their meetings as well.

Bumen said the new board room would hold closer to 100 people, and be a flexible meeting space useable by the community.

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