Tony Reed
The Del Norte Triplicate

Construction at the Del Norte County Airport is underway on Dale Rupert Road.

As of Tuesday, the footprint of the new terminal had been dug out and leveled off, with strings, conduit and concrete forms marking out the building’s various areas.

David Bose, senior construction manager with VANIR Construction, explained the 22-foot roof interior will be a mix of wood and steel beams, with a wing-style shape over the front entrance. Using animated gestures, Bose explained where the entrance, windows and second floor entrance and stairs would be located.

“When we put the steel up, everyone in town’s going to come up and look at it,” he said, obviously excited to talk about the project. “To have it go up and to have a 14-foot radius and a big curve on this side and a big slope this way, it’s really going to be something to see.”

He said it would likely be September before the steel goes up and the roof will likely go on until mid-winter.

As seen in a perspective drawing provided long before the construction began, the new terminal will be located south of the current one, offering a bay window view of Castle Rock to arriving and departing passengers.

Currently, crews are burying electrical and plumbing conduit and placing concrete forms.

Work on the airport’s new road and roundabout were completed last winter

Airport Manager Matthew Leitner said construction is expected to be complete in fall of 2018.

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