BEVERLY — It's been an eventful couple of years at Beverly Regional Airport, from building
a new Administration facility to working on securing a new restaurant there.
Finishing touches, including new outdoor furniture and other small projects, are coming into place at the new administration building. As for the restaurant, Building 45 (where the eatery will be located) just had a new roof put on, according to William Mahoney
, chairman of the airport commission.
These efforts are part of a plan to ensure the airport continues providing the services it has in the past, and to make it sustainable for the future, Mahoney said.
The new administration building was funded mostly by the state, according to Mahoney. Of the $4.2 million total cost, the state picked up nearly $4 million with the airport paying the remainder.
It was an effort started a few years ago, Mahoney said, by the state to upgrade regional and municipal airports — the airport manager's Office
was in a garage before.
"It was just finished Friday," he said of the new building. "We're just putting stuff in."
Compared to the previous small garage office, the new building has not only office space, but a conference room — a curtain divides it into two spaces, if needed — a pilots lounge, a bathroom with a shower and an outdoor seating area. There's also an open office space, where Mahoney said airport officials hope to have a U.S. Customs office.
The building is bright, with many windows facing the runways and parked planes. Exposed wood gives it a rustic vibe, while historic photos hanging in the lobby area showcase the airport's past.
"We're pleased, it's state-of-the-art," Mahoney said.
The new building didn't come without its fair share of setbacks, however, Mahoney said. Since work began last year, the construction team and airport officials met 48 times and went through eight change orders.
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