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DULUTH - The new Duluth Airport terminal is still very much a work zone, but it is shaping up to look more like the real deal each day.
"Now we're actually in the stages of putting our finishes in," Senior Project Manager Mike Dosan said.
Wood panels and covers to the ceilings are all signs that the two–year project, made possible by 240 different trade workers, is entering its last phase.
"As you can see in background we have equipment going in, so we're very excited," Dosan said.
But, the equipment itself may not be what passengers notice first.
Unlike the old terminal, the new one will have both restrooms and dining options past the security gate.
A skywalk will also be put in place between the parking ramp, and the overall design will have a much better flow for traffic.
"The open and airiness, the feel of the building is really going to be a huge improvement and upgrade from what we currently have," Airport Director of Operations Tom Werner said.
It will also be more energy efficient.
Although rare for an airport, it will utilize the water heating and cooling power from 80 geothermal wells.
The building itself will also be LEED certified.
"When you walk in the building, it's a building the community can really be proud of," Werner said. "It looks first class."
The official opening date is remaining a secret for a few more weeks.
The timeframe is set for early 2013.