May 1, 2019, Mealand Ragland-Hudgins, The Daily News Journal
Murfreesboro Airport workers said goodbye to the city’s nearly 70-year-old terminal earlier this week.
Demolition of the terminal took place on Monday and cleanup at the site along Memorial Boulevard is underway, Airport Manager Chad Gerkhe said. Removing debris should take a couple of weeks, he said.
A modern $4.5 million terminal will take its place. City officials are hopeful that the updated facilities will draw more corporate clients. The previous terminal was first built in 1952, with renovations following in 1986.
“The whole construction should be 12 to 18 months,” Gerkhe said.
Features of the new terminal will include a large main lobby, along with raised and ground-level observation areas. At 15,200 square feet — three times the size of the previous one — the building will include a conference center, pilot lounge, office space and a small conference room.
The airport caters to MTSU’s Aerospace Department and LifeFlight emergency medical transport for Vanderbilt University Medical Center.