With all the contaminated soil removed, the Smithers airport modernization project is now set to start building.
Yesterday officials gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony, although there was already a massive pit due to the contaminated soil removal.
The new airport will feature a number of upgrades, including a fully accessible washroom after security.
Smithers mayor Taylor Backrach says this project is really about bringing this building into this century.
The project involves expanding the terminal by 5000 square feet, which will accommodate another 118 passengers. The renovations are focusing on making the airport more efficient and comfortable for passengers.
The renovations will feature panoramic windows to showcase the beautiful mountain directly across the street as well as geothermal heating and cooling.
Bachrach says the airport will not just be brought up to today’s standard but will accommodate future growth.
Currently the airport has small inaccessible washrooms around the main entrance, but in the departure lounge. This was the issues that sparked the renovations. After learning the cost of just the bathroom renovations, officials decided that it would make more sense to overhaul the whole building.
Rob Blackburn is the Airport Manager and was the one tasked to evaluate the renovations. He says that there are a lot of issues with the old building and this new one will make way for new modern innovations.
The lounge will feature water fountains, charging ports and a number of other little things that will make air travel for those using the Smithers airport just that much easier.
Funding for this project was the real success. Blackburn describes that the residents of the town will not have to cover the build for this one.
The airport is also celebrating the opening of their new cafe. The spot was recently renovated and now features Ukraine cuisine.