|Airport Advisory Board Member Jose Hinojosa Ilustrating|
How a Hurricane Could Lift the Terminal Roof
in the Current Design
It's back to the proverbial and literal drawing board for the new Brownsville/South Padre Island Airport terminal.(We purposely left the word "international" out of the name with no current service to Mexico.)
"Why are we spending millions of dollars on design, ending up with a modern style, steel and glass building? We could just get Laredo to send us the plans for their terminal," stated longtime Airport Advisory Board Secretary Chris Hughston.
When Airport Director Bryant Walker started to say "that wouldn't work," Hughston interrupted.
"Yes, it would. I know something about construction. It would absolutely work."
|The Historic Pan American Terminal|
"Look at the old Pan American terminal. That says Brownsville. Steel and glass is not us," stated board member Patricia Williams.
When Director Walker hinted that Mayor Martinez and the City Commission had approved the new terminal design, board member Ed Rivera reminded: "This is an ad.vi.so.ry board. We advise "no" to the new design."
Airport Director Walker responded to concerns about the large number of windows on the building by informing the board that conversations were ongoing with a glass manufacturer to order "hurricane-proof glass." He pointed out that the building's design recognized the typical southeastern winds the area receives.(Editor: Hurricanes dramatically change wind direction once the eye passes.)
Even the financial, enplanements and cargo projections were questioned by this experienced board.
"What if the Trump administration cans N.A.F.T.A? How would that affect cargo projections?"
|Board Members Ed Rivera and Juan Chavez|
Taking the Oath of Office from City Attorney
The fun was not over yet for relatively new Airport Director Bryant Walker. A board member, who seldom comments raised his hand.
"Have we ever considered creating one large regional airport?" asked the board member.