TRENTON — Construction of a $2.5-million terminal expansion began Monday after a groundbreaking ceremony at the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport.
Airport Manager Brad Madeira said nearly 6,000 square feet would be added to the existing building. The existing building also will be updated.
“It’s something we’re very excited about,” Madeira said.
The expansion also will create larger, improved screening areas for the Transportation Security Administration. Customers also will have a departure lounge for the first time.
Brewer-based Nickerson & O’Day Construction has been hired to manage the project, which was designed by Lewis + Malm Architecture of Bucksport.
“You’ll see no impact in passenger service,” Ward said. “You’ll barely know we’re here at all.”
Ninety percent of funding for the construction comes from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The remaining 10 percent of the cost will be split between the Maine Department of Transportation and the airport.