KALISPELL, Montana. (January 2, 2020) – A stringent selection process
recently completed by Glacier Park International Airport (GPIA) has resulted in
the selection of Swank | Q&D Construction to lead the construction of the $100
million passenger terminal expansion.
The Swank | Q & D Construction team was selected by the Flathead Municipal
Airport Authority through a stringent process following Montana state
procurement regulations and the Montana Code Annotated.
GPIA chose a Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) delivery
method for the project. This project management method brings an experienced
contractor on board during the design process to identify construction
efficiencies, or challenges, that can be difficult for a design team to foresee. The
goal of bringing the planning and the construction together for this blueprint
phase is to minimize delays and costly change orders throughout the course of
this complex project.
“Using a CM/GC method helps ensure a streamlined process. It’s a very large
project with a lot of moving pieces,” said Rob Ratkowski, Airport Director. “In the
interest of using our funding as carefully as possible, CM/GC was the clear
Swank | Q & D Construction is a joint venture between Swank Enterprises of
Kalispell and Q & D Construction of Sparks, Nevada.
Swank Enterprises is a family-owned, Montana-based business. “Swank
renovated the airport 20 years ago,” said Ratkowski. “With their extensive
commercial construction background, coupled with the airport-specific expertise
that Q & D Construction brings to the team, we are extremely confident in their
ability to deliver this project to our high standards.”
Partner Q & D Construction brings a background of more than 100 airport projects
to the team, from interior improvements to ground-up construction.
“This is an exciting project for our community and visitors to Northwest Montana,”
said Dewey Swank, Executive Vice President for Swank Enterprises. “We look
forward to working with GPIA to build this expansion that will serve the increased
passenger demands the airport is experiencing now and well into the future.”
The terminal expansion project will essentially triple the size of the current GPIA
facility, though some improvements will be in operational areas such as TSA
screening checkpoints, baggage management spaces and other back-of-house
areas. The expansion will also create more holding rooms, gates, dining and
beverage options, along with larger shopping areas, and an increased meet and
GPIA is strategically developing the existing passenger terminal for maximum
flexibility in the future, adding spaces that can be expanded easily as passenger
volumes continue to grow. “We’re planning for the next 20 years,” said
ABOUT GLACIER PARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Airline service at Glacier Park International Airport is provided by American
Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and Allegiant Air. Cities
with year-round service include Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City
and Seattle. Additional cities with seasonal service include Atlanta, Chicago, Los
Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Portland. For more
information, please visit www.iflyglacier.com.