Zachary Richard, others weigh in on new airport terminal’s design

Renderings of planned Lafayette Regional Airport terminal upgrades are on display during the EatLafayette kickoff party Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at the Frem Boustany Convention Center.
(Photo: Leslie Westbrook, The Advertiser)
Renderings of planned Lafayette Regional Airport terminal upgrades are on display during the EatLafayette kickoff party Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at the Frem Boustany Convention Center. (Photo: Leslie Westbrook, The Advertiser)

LAFAYETTE, La. (The Daily Advertiser) – The public will have a better idea of what Lafayette’s new airport terminal will look like this spring.

Lafayette Regional Airport director Steven Picou told the commission on Wednesday that the administration and contracted firm Sides & Associates has been meeting with community stakeholders to get their take on the terminal’s design.

A portion of the 107,520-square-foot terminal will be funded through a voter-approved 1 cent sales tax, which netted $32.6 million from November to April.

“We met with all of our stakeholders a few weeks ago and wrapped it up this week with commissioners giving their input on things they like and don’t like at the terminal building,” Picou told the commission.

The terminal is expected to be completed in 2020.

Those who have weighed in on the new terminal’s design include University of Louisiana at Lafayette President Joseph Savoie, architect Lynn Guidry, representatives of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority and One Acadiana, UL’s School of Architecture and Design, Lafayette City-Parish Council members, Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission CEO Ben Berthelot, and Cajun musician and author Zachary Richard.

“Larry (Sides) will attest that we all thought Zachary was going to come in and say, ‘Make it Cajun,’” Picou said “No, that’s not what he said. He said ‘Make sure it is sensitive to all the groups that make up Acadiana and not just Cajun history and culture.’”

More than 6,000 public surveys were sent requesting feedback the airport’s performance, Sides told the commission. About 800 responded were returned. Feedback will be incorporated into the terminal’s design as the project moves forward, he said.

The terminal will include five boarding gates, a full-service restaurant and a gift shop. The airport’s parking lot will also be doubled.

Picou said the terminal commission’s goal is to have about 30 percent of the design available for review by March.

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