The work has been underway for weeks, but it became plainly obvious this morning. Minot’s old airport terminal is being demolished. Of the material, the steel and bricks will be recycled and much of the building was already salvaged. A brief video of the action is below and the full news release from the City of Minot follows.
— Official News Release, City of Minot —
Minot N.D — Demolition of the old Minot International Airport Terminal has been ongoing for several weeks, but the most visible destruction has now begun. Crews working to remove the structure from the airport grounds expect to start demolition of the vacant building on Tuesday, November 1, 2016.
“Demolition crews have been working all month on the inside of the old terminal, removing electrical wires and other aspects of the interior.” states City of Minot Airport Director, Rick Feltner. “Now we get to formally say goodbye to the building that was face of MOT for the past twenty plus years.”
The building is estimated to take three to four days to dismantle. Engineers expect “nothing but a pile of rubble” by the end of next week. “The contractor will use what’s known as a power shear to tear down the building.” KLJ engineer, Jack Marquart says. “It’s exactly as it sounds, a giant pair of scissors that can cut through steel frames.”
The governing board of the City of Minot voted to demolish the structure after the completion of the new, state-of-the-art terminal. Due to strict regulations by the Federal Aviation Administration the City of Minot deemed demolition was the best option.
The previous terminal was constructed in 1991. Demolition began on October 3, 2016 and will cost $670,000
Funding for the demoition was as follows:
- 90% Federal Aviation Administration
- 5% State of North Dakota
- 5% City of Minot