Airport Terminal Building Program Management

We provided planning, program development, commissioning and owner representative services for a new 52,000-square-foot terminal building at Columbia Regional Airport (COU). The new terminal replaced a 16,000 square foot facility that was built in 1968 and lacked the passenger amenities and features expected at a regional airport terminal facility.

The new building includes three passenger boarding bridges, with ability to add a fourth in the future. It also has a quiet room, a relief area for service animals, and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) areas to accommodate initial planning activity levels (PAL) as well as expected future capacity. The facility plan anticipates future expansion to 75,000 square feet.

Other projects included to support the new terminal program included the demolition and relocation of an 18,000-square-foot hangar; a 900-foot extension of Runway 2-20 (the main runway) and parallel taxiway; a complete reconstruction, extension and widening of Runway 13-31 and parallel taxiways B and C; and the repurposing of the automated flight service station (AFSS). 


City of Columbia, Missouri


Columbia, Missouri




Passenger Terminals


Program Management



Funding, Procurement & Planning

This program was developed as a direct result of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval of the airport’s Supplemental Terminal Area Master Plan (STAMP), prepared by our teams. The program included coordination with the FAA to create a basis of design program document, which is a four-step procurement process to secure a design-build team. It also included creation of a funding program to tap multiple federal and local resources for a multiphase construction project.

As part of step one, our team and the city adapted the program to the local, state and federal mandates established due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The use of the FAA-approved procurement approach enabled the city to use federal funds for the design, construction and oversight of the new terminal building program.