Lloydminster Airport will soon have another building located on the premises, as city council approved buying a prefabricated building to house its new truck and sweeper unit.
The building was needed because the new equipment needs to be stored in a heated building, hitched up and ready to use on short notice. The shop will also house the new loader and snowblower, as current facilities at the airport are at full capacity.
During its regular meeting on Monday, council awarded the airport shop tender to Bexson Construction of Lloydminster for a total of $705,138. In the 2014 capital budget, $850,000 was allocated towards this project.
In total, four tenders were received. Bexton’s offer was the cheapest, while the most expensive came in at $910,183.
The new equipment was acquired through the federal government’s Airports Capital Assistance Program.
It was bought to help maintain the airport and its runways, to ensure traffic could flow in and out every day, despite weather conditions.
Coun. Linnea Goodhand explained that large equipment needed a place to be protected and maintained.
“That may have been the catalyst of the shop in the sense that once you have this equipment, you have to look after it properly,” she explained. “But it’s also part of a bigger move to make sure the airport is growing and that we can service our users, both recreational and commercial.”
Goodhand added that while practically the city needed that shop, it also fits into the bigger picture of keeping the airport growing.
Construction is expected to begin next month, with a completion date set by Dec. 30.