Architect: Mead & Hunt, Inc.
Owner: Rock County
Contractor: Immel Construction, Inc.
The Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport was in need of an updated, larger terminal building to better serve the airport and the surrounding community. The airport itself served as a destination point for many aviators as well as the general public due to its very successful restaurant, with magnificent views of the runway and airplane activity.
With the understanding that this airport serves as a gateway to the local community, it was important that the new image was not only identifiable but also welcoming and memorable. The building’s main entrance and central axis is made prominent with an elevated roofline. Rich, textural limestone frames the strong horizontal lines of the glazed curtain wall and carries a continuous connection from the public side to the airfield. Because of the abundance of curtain wall that maximizes views throughout the terminal, a dark glass was selected to best control heat gain into the building while still allowing some privacy for interior spaces. The glass entry canopies provide an elegant transition from the exterior into the light filled interior, maintaining the desired light and airy appearance.
The strength and texture of the exterior stone continues into the lobby as the main feature. This impressive wall highlights the lobby as a gathering place and emphasizes the promenade to the airfield drawing one through the space. Designed with generous space, the lobby is inviting and flooded with natural light as exterior views are available from every angle.
Flanking this main axis to the east is the restaurant, which is given prominence and ideal views of the apron. To the west, there are the main airport/community functions. Two large, flexible meeting spaces were provided to engage the public and draw local groups to the terminal. New administration offices, toilet rooms, and private pilot lounge were also provided to better serve the basic airport functions. Rich colors and textures used throughout the interior of the terminal to both modernize the facility and elevate the patron’s experience, making this a welcoming regional airport to remember.