Demolition starts at old Indianapolis airport terminal

Officials say work has started on the upcoming demolition of the Indianapolis International Airport's old passenger terminal.

Airport officials said Thursday that the current work involves waste removal and exterior preparation that's needed before substantial demolition of the terminal can begin. The terminal's four concourses and other structures built between 1954 and 1987 are all expected to be cleared by year's end.

Indianapolis Airport Authority director Robert Duncan says the demolition will make the site along Interstate 465 more marketable to developers.

The old terminal buildings have gone unused since the airport's new $1.1 billion passenger terminal opened in 2008.

IBJ reported in March that the bids for the demolition came in much lower than expected. Veit USA of Rogers, Minn., was the low bidder for the main demolition contract, with a bid of about $4 million.

The Indianapolis Airport Authority had budgeted $11.3 million, but the total project cost, including a 17-percent contingency for unforeseen problems, would be $5.7 million,

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