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Consultants Meade and Hunt unveiled the preliminary designs for the new Watertown airport terminal building at a noon meeting of the Airport Board Monday, but not before airport manager Todd Syhre released the most recent and impressive passenger boarding numbers... 

Attending Monday’s meeting was Mitch Walker with Meade and Hunt, the company working with the city and FAA to fund the new terminal... 

He says enplanement numbers at Watertown are already at levels not expected for another 15 to 20 years, but that the new terminal will be designed to handle the growth...

Walker said they’re looking at having the final documents ready by mid April with construction blueprints finished by mid-July and ready for bids by August.  Partnering with Meade and Hunt will be Helms and associates who will handle the civil work, Co-op Architects, and Rise Structural Engineering will also be helping. Tom Hurlbert with CO-OP Architects encouraged the city to construct a terminal with eye and market appeal in mind.  He says the two-story structure they’re suggesting offers all of that, including a restaurant and LED illuminated lighting with an interior that can service airport travelers far into the future... 

Walker says the data shows that Watertown has a potential passenger encatchment area of nearly 145,000 people.  Currently 67 percent of passengers boarding at Watertown make their connecting United Flights through Denver with the balance through Chicago.   The cost of the terminal project is pegged in the 14 to 15 million dollar range.  Federal dollars will cover about 9 million of the cost with the rest coming from state and local dollars.   It would be completed around the early part of 2022.