Thank You Shout Out to Tim Shea for 23 Years of Volunteer Service to GFK

Tim Shea was recently recognized by the Grand Forks ARFF crew for his many years of volunteer service doing EMS training.

Tim Shea with his plaque recognizing him for his many years of volunteer service doing EMS training at GFK.

Tim Shea from Altru Ambulance has graciously volunteered hundreds of hours of his spare time over the past 23 years to help train our Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) crew in Emergency Medical Service (EMS).  Earlier this month, after Tim announced his retirement, the ARFF crew held a small ceremony to present him with a nice plaque and to thank him for his many hours of service to the airport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting crew (past & present) at GFK Airport surround Tim Shea at Tim's recent retirement party.

The ARFF crew (past & present) at GFK Airport surround Tim Shea at Tim’s recent retirement party.  Left to right: Chris Deitz, Andrew Zielike, Lee DeLisle, Paul Litzinger, Wayne Wetzel, Rick Audette, Tim Shea, Mike Peterson, Scott Nelson, Garry Dugan, Ken Gunether, Jerry Aase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Forks International Airport terminal one of 5 US airports to receive LEED® Silver sustainable certification

LEED Certification Presentation Oct 24 2013

L to R: Receiving the Silver LEED Plaque: Board Commissioners Gary Malm, Hal Gershman, Brad Beyer, Karl Bollingberg (Vice Chair), Patrick Dame (Authority Executive Director), Tim Mutchler, Clark Cronquist

PRESS RELEASE – GRAND FORKS, ND – October 29, 2013

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded LEED Silver certification to the Byron L. Dorgan Terminal at the Grand Forks International Airport. Designed by JLG Architects, it is one of only five international airport terminals in the United States to achieve LEED certification, and one of the first in the Midwest. As such, the Grand Forks Byron L. Dorgan Terminal will become a featured case study on the Department of Energy’s website.

Even more impressively, the building is out-performing its own projections. Designed to lower energy use by 14.2% compared to other relative buildings, energy was actually reduced by 15.7%, or $14,000 a year. This was primarily made possible through the installation of a geothermal system – the most energy-efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-effective system for temperature control – which was installed under the parking lot and uses the Earth’s constant temperatures to heat and cool. Inside, a Building Management System monitors and adjusts space temperatures, and the ground floor lobby uses floor heat to keep the space warm from the ground up.

Water use at the Terminal was decreased by 43.1%, or 83,061 gallons a year, which is the equivalent of the usage by 213 homes a day for a family of four. The sinks save a gallon of water per minute, urinals save just under one gallon per minute, and the lavatories save two gallons per minute. Additionally, the landscaping includes native and adaptive plantings that rely on standard rainfall and require no permanent irrigation.

Additionally, studies have shown that superior air quality and comfortable thermal conditions can have a 41% improvement on health and a 15% increase on productivity. At the Terminal, humidity is controlled by two dedicated outdoor air systems that deliver fresh air, and temperatures are regulated to stay between 68-72 degrees for all seasons via automated controls in ten zones.

This is not the first honor bestowed upon the Terminal; it received a 2012 Merit Award for design excellence from the American Institute of Architects North Dakota Chapter.

Byron L. Dorgan Terminal - Grand Forks International Airport

Airport Authority and FedEx Sign New 10-Year Lease Agreement

 

Grand Forks International Airport Authority inks long-term agreement with FedEx to secure the region’s access to domestic and international markets.

 

The Grand Forks Regional Airport Authority is pleased to announce that they have signed a 10-year lease agreement with Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) for their North Dakota sort facility.

FedEx flies two Boeing 757’s daily into Grand Forks and sorts cargo into several smaller aircraft and trucks for distribution across the state of North Dakota. The Airport Authority has had a long standing relationship with FedEx dating back to 1984.

As part of the agreement, the Airport Authority has agreed to a 3,000 square foot addition and an $800,000 upgrade to the existing sort facility which was originally constructed in 1991.

Airport Authority Executive Director Patrick Dame says, “The Grand Forks International Airport enhances the community by connecting passengers and commerce to markets beyond the region. The long-term agreement with FedEx helps secure the region’s access to domestic and international markets. We are extremely pleased to have the agreement in place and grateful to FedEx for their work with the Authority in this process.”

Construction of the addition to the sort facility will begin in early July and is expected to be completed in late September or early October of this year.

Business After Hours at Airport had Record Attendance

The Airport Authority hosted a fun Business After Hours event sponsored by The Chamber of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Their Progressive Cash drawing was at $2600 and drew a lot of Chamber members, but the airport’s door prizes attracted even more. Courtesy of United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Allegiant Travel – we gave were able to away 6 round-trip tickets including Allegiant’s “Pack Your Bags” instant trip for two to Phoenix/Mesa. In addition, free car rentals and golf accessories were given away courtesy of Hertz, National/Alamo and Avis car rental agencies. The final count for the event was 388 guests beating The Chamber’s previous record of 337.

The food was served in our board room – exquisitely presented by our very own Red River Valley Grill & Market – they went over and above all our expectations! They cater our special dinners and events, and we consider ourselves very lucky to have them. The Red River Valley Grill & Market serves both the secure side and unsecure side of our airport terminal every day from just before the first flight to just after the last departure. Anyone is welcome to come out and try their great menu! You might also enjoy their great selection of novelty gifts and souvenirs.

Photos of the event are currently displayed on our website’s photos page.

Allegiant’s “Campaign” Bus Stops in Grand Forks

Allegiant made a “campaign stop” today in Grand Forks to give away 2 round trip tickets to one lucky voter! A steady stream of 189 people voted for their favorite Allegiant destination between 7-9AM at the polling place (Fuji/Planet Fitness parking lot), and we were very pleased with the voter turnout. Thanks to Clear Channel Radio for helping to spread the word with their live radio remote on all four of their stations.

Just after 9AM, Allegiant announced the lucky winner – Maude Harris will receive roundtrip tickets for 2 to Phoenix/Mesa! Congratulations to Maude! But that’s not all! During September you can still go online to vote at www.vote4vacation.com to enter to win their GRAND PRIZE – free flights for 4 years!

Three of Allegiant’s campaign buses are making their way around the country during the month of September, stopping in 77 cities.

 

Grand Forks Airport Supports Bakken Initiative

The Grand Forks region’s Bakken Initiative has launched accessthebakken.com as part of a multi-pronged promotion campaign, Expand East. Do Business West. The Grand Forks International Airport is a stong supporter of this initiative.

Explore the convenience and benefits the Grand Forks N.D. region can offer your Bakken-bound employees. The Grand Forks area can alleviate some of the constraints you may face as growth in the Bakken continues.

 

Operations Record Set at GFK

The GFK FAA Air Traffic Control Tower reported breaking another record for operations (takeoffs and landings) at GFK. The July 2012 operations total was 40,353 – 9,370 more than July of 2011, and shattering the previous record of 39,427 set in September 1990. The total for the calendar year so far is 219,085, which is 14,381 operations ahead of last years’ record.

Museum Art Beautifies Terminal Walls

The North Dakota Museum of Art added beauty to the bare walls of our new terminal last week. Four large paintings by award-winning advertising and editorial photographer Sheldon Secunda were loaned to us indefinitely. The paintings depict aerial views of farmland in the United States with features like fields, meandering rivers (like our nearby Red River), highways, irrigation circles, ponds and even tiny farmsteads. To see these masterpieces up close would give you the best experience, so be sure to view them the next time you’re out at the airport.

Goodbye Old Terminal

The old terminal will be torn down starting tomorrow. Crews have been working for a month tearing out the old parking lot and repositioning security fencing behind the old terminal building. Once the building is torn into, it will be only days before there is nothing in the spot where passengers waited for their flights for almost 50 years. Built in 1963, the 7,400 square foot building was expanded four times and ended up at nearly 25,000 square feet. The terminal that replaced it last summer is over double that and has two floors.

Passenger growth is just one reason the old terminal had to be replaced. Results of a 2001 terminal study and operational assessment clearly suggested that the building was not sufficient to maintain current and future use. In early 2005, the Grand Forks Regional Airport Authority authorized the design of a new terminal to be located betweent the general aviation area and the air cargo facility with new surface parking. The new terminal construction began in July of 2009 and opened its doors on August 30, 2011. From 2000 to 2009, passenger boardings were averaging around 88,000. In the years since, record numbers boarded planes at GFK: 117,855 in 2010; 118,984 in 2011; and they’re projecting another record this year.

The demolition of the once beloved terminal will be a bittersweet event for those who worked there for many years. The old building could now be thought of as “quaint”. The car rental agents were just an arm’s length away from the airline ticket agents and the ticket agents were even closer than that to the TSA agents. The camaraderie they used to have has all but faded in the new building, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t happy with the spaciousness of the new terminal – the space was much needed. Besides that, the beautifully designed new terminal’s natural lighting, state-of-the-art technology, top notch grill & bar, and increased passenger traffic has been a welcome change to airport staff and passengers alike.

The old terminal served our community well, and although we hate to say goodbye, the time has come. Read more about the old terminal’s history on our website’s history page.

 

 

Grand Forks International Airport has Record Boardings

The Grand Forks International Airport is pleased to announce it has just set a monthly boarding record of 14,582 passengers for the month of March.

This shattered the previous record of 12,715 set back in 1992, and was a 33% increase over March boardings from 2011.

Delta Air Lines provided six daily flights from Grand Forks to Minneapolis while Allegiant Travel boosted its flights from six to twelve each week in March; four to each destination city out of Grand Forks (Orlando, Las Vegas and Phoenix/Mesa).

Executive Director Patrick Dame states: “This has been an outstanding month for us as we continue working to improve and increase service to our customers. We greatly appreciate the support of our customers and their use of the Grand Forks International Airport. We could not do it without them.”