Phase 1 of Colorado Springs Airport’s $5 million post-fire rebuild and modernization is complete, almost five months after the massive rooftop blaze that halted flights for a day. Final assembly is under way in offices on the third floor, and administrative and United Airlines staff will start moving into the rebuilt and renovated space on Sept. 17.
Two more construction phases remain, both in public areas of the airport. Phase 2, which covers the second floor, is expected to be complete by November 15, in time for Thanksgiving travel.
The second floor suffered major damage. The fire, started in the early hours of April 16 by a construction crew working with propane torches, was ruled accidental in July.
Phase 3, including the first floor and baggage claim, is slated for completion in Spring 2019.
The COS Terminal Modernization Program was already planned, and had been scheduled to start in 2019.
But after the fire those plans were brought forward, to be more cost-effective and to coincide with the recovery work.
The goal is an “open, bright, timeless and mountain modern” look and feel, according to updated renderings released this week. Plans promise a “memorable and accessible traveler experience” and “enhanced amenities for comfort, technology and flexibility.”
A new color scheme will reflect regional influences, and with new raised ceilings and LED lighting the result will be "more open, more inviting, a better look and feel for the terminal," Director of Aviation Greg Phillips said.