September 18—Best mountain views. Exhibitions of vintage cars. More energy-efficient terminals. Less crowded waiting areas. Airports in upstate New York, including in Albany, Saratoga and the Adirondacks, are getting a big boost, Governor Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday.
At Greater Binghamton Airport, the governor announced $230 million in grants to nine upstate airports for revitalization projects, according to a news release. The funding comes from the Upstate Airports Economic Development and Revitalization Competition, which aims to promote, revitalize and accelerate investment in upstate commercial passenger service airports by soliciting ideas for innovative projects. airports, according to the press release.
The news release details the following plans for airports in the Capital Region and the Adirondacks:
Albany International Airport has received $60 million for the airport terminal expansion, which will provide passengers with improved pre- and post-screening amenities and more efficient passenger flow through security. Updates include a modern business center outside security for conferences and community gathering spaces to reduce congestion. The project will also expand the security checkpoint queue. Inside the security checkpoint, the project will create additional retail space, a children’s play area, a multi-sensory calming room and an outdoor green space. In addition, the project will upgrade the facility’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, for improved indoor air quality and filtration, according to the release.
Saratoga County Airport at Ballston Spa has received $27 million to build a new energy-efficient terminal, with modern amenities that deliver a first-class user experience and design elements that reflect the character of the region. The first floor of the new building will offer two passenger waiting areas, a multimedia conference room and an ice cream counter that will open onto a courtyard with exterior access. The lobby will include exhibit space for automobiles from the Saratoga Automotive Museum, while the second floor will provide space for drivers as well as food court and display area for artists. local. The shed portion of the building will be finished with weathered and reclaimed wood to reflect the look of Saratoga County’s many horse and farm barns, while a solar panel above the shed roof will help reduce the carbon footprint airport collective.
The Adirondack Regional Airport at Saranac Lake received $8.5 million for terminal revitalization. The project will widen the central reception area for better circulation, and bring LED lighting and new signage to aid navigation to the gate, cafe and car park. Inside the checkpoint, the area will be reconfigured to provide more space for passengers, and an exterior wall with large windows will be built, bringing in more natural light and providing views of the airfield and surrounding peaks of the Adirondacks. Additionally, the project involves the relocation and expansion of the cafe and various HVAC upgrades.
“Our upstate airports are our gateways to local economies and leave lasting impressions, connecting New Yorkers and tourists to the beautiful destinations the Empire State has to offer,” Hochul said in the press release. “By making critical investments to further modernize facilities in Upstate New York, we are elevating upstate airports to new heights and delivering a 21st century transportation experience that travelers expect and deserve. .”
Watertown, Syracuse, Rochester, Ogdensburg and Sullivan County airports also received funding.
The Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition was administered by the New York State Department of Transportation and was open to upstate commercial passenger service airports and airports providing specialized services for commercial aircraft and/or business jets. Applicants were encouraged to apply for funding for a single project or program of projects that will help meet the demands of the 21st century.
Projects were evaluated based on established criteria, including design innovation, passenger amenities and experience, operational efficiency and economic efficiency for the airport region.
“As we continue to modernize our transportation network across the state, these investments will significantly improve the passenger experience and facility operations across the state, helping to ensure the efficient flow of people and goods, and continued economic activity in all upstate communities,” New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said in the statement.
Andrew Waite can be reached at [email protected] and 518-417-9338. Follow him on Twitter @UpstateWaite.
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