Jetport terminal nears completion
by DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor
Dec 14, 2012 | 1656 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jetport terminal
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Cleveland Regional Jetport nears completion as the Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority and the contractor, J&J Construction of Chattanooga, begin going over the final details and building a punch list of issues that need repair. The grand opening is scheduled for Jan. 25, 2013.
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The terminal building at Cleveland Regional Jetport is finished with the exception of clearing a punch list of discrepancies.

Airport General Manager Mark Fidler said Wednesday J&J Construction of Chattanooga has corrected every issue pointed out to them during the past week.

“Every issue we’ve discovered so far, they’ve been very attentive to it,” Fidler said. “Most of the issues have been small routine detail types.”

The contractor should be out of the way by the time the furnishings arrive on Monday.

The ductless variable refrigerant flow heating and air-conditioning system is running quietly in the background. The systems are common in Europe and Japan, but are still unique in the United States.

According to Fidler, the systems have worked well in Japan for many years.

“It’s quiet. There’s no wind noise, nothing,” he said. “There are 16 zones in the building that are independently controlled. You can literally be heating the room next door while you’re cooling this room.”

Fidler said the main conference room is his favorite space. It will be equipped with a projector, a flat-screen TV about 150 inches wide and audiovisual equipment for business meetings of up to 49 people. It is also an aviation environment where Fidler hopes Civil Air Patrol cadets can meet.

“This is where the rubber meets the road. It will be used a lot. This is where business is going to be generated. We’re looking forward to a lot of opportunities to come from having this facility,” Fidler said. “I’m excited for what the future holds as a result of this whole airport.”

The two-story terminal building, designed by Stephen Carroll, of Rardin & Carroll Architects, is accented throughout with wood, stone and glass. The 8,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art terminal building reflects the natural beauty of Southeast Tennessee.

Interior features include fireplaces; fine wood furniture and a waterfall. There is a dedicated pilot lounge with recliners and even quiet rooms and a shower await transient crew members.

The grand opening of Cleveland Regional Jetport is scheduled for Jan. 25, 2013, at 11 a.m. The airport is located at 251 Dry Valley Road N.E.