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Public officials, as well as aviation enthusiasts and their related businesses, gathered today as the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport broke ground on a $1,460,000 terminal building renovation project. This groundbreaking marks the beginning of four development projects designed to modernize, enlarge and increase the functionality as well as efficiencies of the Airport’s 50 year-old general aviation terminal.

Specific details attributed to this first project, as well as others that are planned, are highlighted below. 


  • Project I (2012) involves the partial demolition of the current terminal building’s west side and then construction of a new exterior shell to be built in its place.
  • Project II (2013) involves the renovation of the terminal building’s east side, including a new small addition.
  • Project III (2014) involves mostly interior renovations and related build-out, including airport administrative offices, conference rooms, restrooms and a pilot’s lounge.
  • Project IV (2014/2015) involves mainly exterior paving and landscaping renovations and/or modifications. 

“This is an exciting day for the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, its tenants and its visitors. We are extremely grateful for the funding that the State of Wisconsin is providing, as well as the continued investment from the Rock County Board of Supervisors to ensure that this important transportation resource remains efficient, functional and safe”, Ron Burdick – Airport Director. 


The terminal building, including Kealy’s Kafe, will remain operational during the construction process.  This initial project, which was awarded to Gilbank Construction (Clinton, WI), is funded through an 80/20 cost sharing agreement between the State of Wisconsin and the County of Rock. Mead & Hunt’s Wisconsin offices provided feasibility and other pre-construction services for this general aviation terminal building project.
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