The Eastern Iowa Airport Terminal

  • Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Architect: Mead & Hunt
  • Client: City of Cedar Rapids

Project Highlights

  • 54,000 SF terminal addition
  • New canopies
  • 2 full-height glass atria
  • Structural steel


Phase 1 of this expansion/renovation project included a new translucent curbside canopy, new stone cladding, and the relocation of existing cross-bracing, using a mixture of materials, comprising steel, glulam beams, stone, and polycarbonate panels. ($4.8M)

Phase 2 added a 500 foot covered access canopy for rental cars, using a series of repeated structures, in which moment frames consisting of four columns are cantilevered up from the foundation to resist lateral loads and racking, allowing for the use of a polycarbonate roof system with multiple steps and no diaphragm action without exposed bracing. In addition, full-height atria were added to either side of the building as well as three 15’x13’ skylights, using structural steel framing. ($11M)

Phase 3 is a 54,000 square foot, two-level structure, incorporating vertical circulation, screening and gate-hold needs, adds three gates, provides additional amenities within secured areas of the terminal, and reconnects the existing terminal and concourse structures. The new addition uses a concrete waffle slab floor structure and glulam roof framing. Lateral support is provided by cast-in-place concrete shear walls. Structural steel is used at various signature elements including a 60’ diameter high-bay atria space and low-profile stair tower roofs. Phased construction was a primary consideration during design. The addition of temporary lateral bracing and modifications to existing moment frames was required to allow continuous operation of the facility while allowing for ongoing construction activities. ($29.4M)