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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

greet lobby.

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



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


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