Security expansion could shorten lines at Sioux Falls airport

Goal is enlarged area, better efficiency
May 28, 2013
Future expansion of the security checkpoint at Sioux Falls Regional Airport might include new escalators, an elevator and reduced congestion for security waiting lines.

The Sioux Falls Airport Authority last week unanimously approved local architecture firm TSP to design an expansion of the airport’s security checkpoint.

The design phase of the project should be complete by the end of this year, which will allow the airport to seek bids for construction in 2014. Construction on the expansion isn’t likely to begin until 2015. The hope is to ensure that as the airport’s passenger count grows, lines at the security checkpoint can be kept short.

“Our thought process really is not just what do we need for the next five to 10 years, but how do we set up the site if there are other changes,” said Airport Authority Commissioner Ruth Krystopolski.

The fine details of the project will be hammered out during the next year as the airport works with TSP, the Transportation Security Administration and the airlines to figure out what the project should include. The overriding goal is to increase the checkpoint’s available space. Maybe four lanes

“We’d like to have the space to expand to four lanes or possibly even more,” said Dan Letellier, airport executive director.

Security expansion is the latest in a series of airport projects. The second-floor concourse area, terminal and parking lot have been redone in the past few years. Choosing TSP

Four companies originally submitted proposals for the expansion. An authority subcommittee narrowed the field to two before beginning the interview process. Architectural Alliance, a Minneapolis firm with experience designing for airports, was the other firm interviewed. The subcommittee’s decision came down to familiarity and the ease of working with a local firm, according to Letellier.

“In the end, it was a really close call,” Letellier said.

Choosing a local firm to do the design work was also based partly on who TSP works with on its projects, said Airport Deputy Director Richard King.

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