Organized by City of Prescott officials, city and county officials and community leaders signed wood beams before they were raised to “top out” the Prescott Regional Airport (PRC) passenger terminal being constructed.
The new terminal, 6546 Crystal Lane, is on the northeast edge of Prescott off Highway 89.
Approximately 50 invited guests attended the July 20 ceremony. Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli welcomed them, saying, “We look forward to completing this regional resource by mid-March (2021). This modern facility will serve the region for decades into the future.”
Construction of the $15-million passenger terminal began Jan. 7. The new terminal at 17,859 square feet will include many passenger conveniences and safety features and replace the existing 1940s-era terminal on McCurdy Drive.
Mengarelli introduced Keith Sabia, principal in charge at Willmeng Construction Co. Sabia explained the tradition of signing beams prior to their being placed began more than 700 years ago in Europe as a way of memorializing those who were directly involved. City, county and community elected officials and leaders signed four large Douglas fir boards. Those beams were then hoisted into place atop the center roof. The signed beams will be visible at the top of the ceiling from inside the terminal.
Officials from Fann Contracting in Prescott were recognized during the ceremony. That company has handled road construction, site and infrastructure preparation and excavation and related activities.
It was noted that Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University played a key role in bringing the new airport terminal to Prescott.
PRC Management Analyst Kristi Miller introduced Prescott City Council members, City staff members and Yavapai County Board of Supervisors present. She also acknowledged Prescott Terminal Art Commission and Airport Advisory Committee representatives.
Almost 300 persons are currently employed for the project. Most are employees of local subcontractors.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown later commented, “The terminal will serve the entire region for generations to come. It will help us in promoting positive economic growth and prosperity within the entire county.”
Dr. Robin Sobotta, airport manager, said barring unexpected complications or delays, the terminal will be complete and in use in March 2021.
Photo by Ray Newton