The new Falls International Airport Terminal project in International Falls has been recognized for its engineering.
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota recognized the project with a 2020 Engineering Honor Award to the International Falls-Koochiching County Airport Commission and Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH). ACEC/MN is the leading business practice and policy advocate for consulting engineering firms in Minnesota.
Kraus-Anderson was the construction manager and SEH was the engineering firm for the new terminal, which opened in the summer of 2019.
The terminal project included a 25,000 square-foot replacement of the previous 14,000-square-foot terminal building, and provides new space for U.S. Customs processing, a National Weather Service office, Transportation Security Administration offices, Airport Administration office and the Koochiching Economic Development Authority.
The project was built on the existing airport site and required two construction phases designed by an architecture, planning and interiors firm, Alliiance, and features a new arrival and departure service with check-in ticketing counters and kiosks, secured gate lounge, baggage handling, passenger boarding bridge, TSA screening area, car rental services and public lobby/waiting area.
The airport provides commercial airline service to keep community businesses operational and connected to the rest of Minnesota and the world. The airport is a designated International Port of Entry to the United States and U.S. Customs provides services at the airport, which is known by the letters INL. Delta, operated by SkyWest Airlines, provides daily direct airline service to and from Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, or MSP.
The airport built its first runway in 1946 and added a terminal building in 1948, paving the way for the introduction of commercial air service in 1953. A new terminal building was built in 1979, which was dedicated by Vice President Walter Mondale. Following runway extensions over the years, the airport was re-designated in 2011 as Falls International Airport, Einarson Field.