Rankin Inlet residents to give feedback on new airport design
Wednesday’s public consultation includes a 3D walkthrough of the plans
Rankin Inlet residents will get to preview designs for the community’s new airport terminal on Wednesday, which could include things like an elders lounge and a concession area.
The Department of Economic Development and Transportation will host the public consultation meeting at the community hall, a news release states.
Other features could be a larger baggage belt, more seating and local art, Andrea McFaul, a spokesperson for the department stated in an email.
When the planning stage began, the current airport was looked at to see if it could be renovated, but McFaul said due to engineering concerns, a new build was best.
The project is now in the design phase and the building portion of the project will be done in two parts.
First, the check-in counter, baggage belt and gate area will be built.
In the second phase, the current terminal will be removed to make room to build more gates, a concession area and more seating.
This is one of six new airport terminal projects the GN is currently working on, the others being in Kimmirut, Naujaat, Chesterfield Inlet, Whale Cove and Kugluktuk, McFaul confirmed.
People can drop in to view the design — which could change based on feedback — and participate in a 3D walkthrough at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
Representatives from the GN and Prairie Architecture, the company hired to design the new terminal, will be at the event to answer questions as well.