George "Skip" Dudley, director of interior design for LPA Group, shows Albany Aviation Commission members Monday interior design ideas for the new terminal to be built at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.
ALBANY, Ga. — The Albany-Dougherty Aviation Commission paved the way Monday for interior work on the new terminal under construction at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport, approving tile and carpet finishes presented by the project’s interior designer.
George “Skip” Dudley, the director of interior design for the LPA Group, said the mostly terrazzo flooring would complement architectural elements that will make the airport memorable for first-time visitors.
“This is the most sophisticated airport I’ve worked on in the last 25 years,” Dudley told the board, chaired Monday by Vice Chairman Sanford Hillsman in the absence of Chair Dr. William Mayher, who has health concerns. “It says a heck of a lot about Albany. But from a design standpoint, it’s very gray and dark.
“The new terminal design is very open, with tall ceilings. And it will not be gray or dark. People will remember walking into this building.”
Airport Administrator Yvette Aehle said she’s excited to see action taken on the interior of the building, even if it is just for an interior mock-up required in the project contract.
“All I’ve seen in the last couple of months is steel,” Aehle said of the structure. “And while I took about a million pictures of the first piece that went up, I’m ready to see it closed in so we can start working on the interior.”
Deputy Airport Director Ken Johnson said work on the project is on schedule, and project manager Mike Leath said he expected substantial completion of the terminal sometime in mid-June. Aehle said the next phase of the project, which includes demolition and construction of a new parking lot, should be completed in early 2014.
Hillsman questioned Leath about a $65,000 change order for an upgrade on the airport’s sanitary sewer system. The builder said the change was ordered by the city’s Engineering Department.
“We didn’t get that change until after the bid was completed,” Leath said. “Staff with the city generated that change order, and what you have in place now will outlast everybody in this room.”
Aehle gave board members a rough draft of bylaws she’s started putting together to govern the Aviation Commission.
“Other than the general makeup of the board, we have no bylaws to use as guidelines,” she said. “I’d like for us to work on these and put some in place; they would be especially helpful for new members to the commission.
“I took sample bylaws from Alachua County/Gainesville, Fla., and from Crawford County, Mich., two airports about the same size and doing roughly the same amount of business as us. I think it’s a good move for us to have these in place.”
“I think we need to bite the bullet and decide we need this,” he said.