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August 19, 2010

The Rebirth of a Terminal Building

(Hud Hopkins, director of Scholes International Airport at Galveston writes to TXAA)

When the Scholes Airport terminal building was erected in 1950, it was consider state-of-the-art in the terminal building design. During the building's life span, small renovations were completed, modernizing the layout and changing the color scheme. However, there has never been a complete makeover restoring the terminal to its former glory of the '50s.

This changed when Hurricane IKE blew in from the Gulf of Mexico filling the entire bottom floor of the terminal building with 9 feet of water. The storm surge decimated the first floor, smashing the HVAC electrical along with destroying all windows, doors and furniture. With the terminal eighty-percent destroyed, air passengers and visitors to our Island had no lobby waiting area and terminal tenants had no offices in which to work.

Hurricane Ike knocking on Galveston's door - 5pm September 11, 2008

Hurricane Ike knocking on Galveston's door - 5pm September 11, 2008


TXAA member George Gould surveys Ike damage

TXAA member George Gould surveys Ike damage


A temporary, terminal building was brought in while a decision was made regarding the future of the current terminal. After an examination by structural engineers, and due to its historical significance, it was determined that restoration to its former glory was not only the best option, but the only one.

The airport, along with TXDOT, Aviation Division, hired PGAL, an architectural and structural engineering firm, to assist us in the redesigning and rebuilding of our terminal. After a year in design, and numerous meetings with airport and community leaders, we chose a design, not only Galveston could be proud of, but also the flying community. Once the design was completed, bids were solicited and a local contractor, Sullivanís Land Services, was awarded the project with a bid of $1.5 million. With the assistance of a TxDOT grant along with airport funds, we are now rebuilding our terminal with hopes of completion by January 2011.

Airport renovation


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