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Editorial: Updating airport terminal beneficial

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We applaud the Board of Aviation Commissioners’ decision to utilize the work of local Ivy Tech interior design students to update the appearance inside the Columbus Municipal Airport terminal.

Airport officials want to improve the first impression visitors have when they arrive on flights. That impression can be lasting, so you couldn’t have faulted them if they wanted only professionals to handle the task.

However, airport officials consider the students’ ideas valuable and want to continue a relationship with the local Ivy Tech Community College campus that will be made stronger by this project.

The airport terminal’s 1980s style needs a facelift with new paint, floors and ceilings, more efficient lighting and upgrades to the pilots’ lounge and briefing room and two conference rooms. Interior design students began working with the board more than a year ago and put together a presentation of potential ideas, with renovations expected to start this spring.

Student ideas will be incorporated into the final designs and bid specifications that an Indianapolis-based consultant will prepare. The board last week awarded a contract not to exceed $26,700 to Rowland Design for design and oversight of the renovation. That company might be familiar to some local residents because its president and CEO, Sarah Marr-Schwartzkopf, is from Columbus. She helped design the luxury suites in Lucas Oil Stadium.

Besides the interior design students’ ideas, artwork by Ivy Tech students could be displayed on walls of a hallway in the terminal. That could further enhance a visitor’s first impression and strengthen the bonds between the college and airport.

Consider these points:

The college is already located on airport property.

Ivy Tech is starting an aviation school this fall, and a new flight school is opening at the airport.

This relationship benefits both parties, and soon will provide visitors with a better experience when arriving in Columbus.

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