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COU Terminal Project Timeline

This page shows a general timeline of the process to construct a new terminal at Columbia Regional Airport. A green box and paper airplane indicates completed step. A purple box and paper airplane indicates the step is in progress.  A blue box and paper airplane indicates future steps. Future event dates are only timeline place holders and do not represent an actual start/completion date. The timeline will be updated and future events will be updated with actual dates as they are known. 

Thank you for supporting Columbia Regional Airport and we look forward to sharing more information with you as it becomes available. 


  • Mar
    Project begins 2, 2015

    March 2, 2015 - Columbia City Council Authorizes Parsons Brinckerhoff (WSP) to Develop Terminal Area Master Plan (TAMP)

    On March 2, 2015, the Columbia City Council approved council bill B45-15, a contract with WSP to develop a TAMP, Stormwater Master Plan and Airport Layout Plan (ALP) update.

  • Feb
      15, 2016

    February 15, 2016 - WSP Provides Update to Council

    At the February 15, 2016, Columbia City Council Work Session, WSP provided a status update on the report titled, “Terminal Area Master Plan City Council Briefing.”

  • Mar
      22, 2016

    March 22, 2016 - TAMP Interested Parties Open House

    WSP hosted an open house on Tuesday, March 22, at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) to provide updated information on the study and accept public comment. 

  • May
      2, 2016

    May 2, 2016 - WSP Presents Update and Recommended Terminal Location Options

    On May 2, 2016, WSP presented the City Council with the Columbia Regional Airport Terminal Master Plan update, and the Columbia City Council supported Alternative 2.

  • Oct
      2, 2017

    October 2, 2017 - TAMP Completed by WSP and Submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration for Approval

    In October of 2017, WSP presented the TAMP to the City of Columbia. The plan described the analyses and assessments conducted during the TAMP process and provided the results of those efforts.  Terminal Area Master Plan – Technical Report Airport Layout Plan Full Size 22×34 Airport Layout Plan 11X17 Appendix A-I Appendix J-L

  • Nov
      30, 2017

    November 30, 2017 - FAA Gives Conditional Approval of the TAMP and ALP

    On November 30, 2017, the FAA issued a letter of conditional approval for the TAMP and Airport Layout Plan (ALP). In the letter, the FAA advised that the Alternative 2 location noted in the TAMP was not the preferred location of the FAA. The FAA felt the new terminal should be midpoint to the main Read More »

  • Dec
      18, 2017

    December 18, 2017 - City Council Shifts Support to New Terminal Location Site 1X

    On December 18, 2017, the Columbia City Council discussed Resolution R186-17 at the regularly scheduled council meeting. Council approved unanimously the resolution and instructed staff to proceed with the Site 1X terminal location, just to the south of the current terminal. Staff will begin this work, which includes submitting a Supplemental Terminal Area Master Plan Read More »

  • Jul
      2, 2018

    July 2, 2018 - City Council Approves Request for Proposals (RFP) for the STAMP and Categorical Exclusion Checklist (CATEX)

    On July 2, 2018, the Columbia City Council approved B98-18 and B99-18 (Requests for Proposals and authorizations) for Burns and McDonnell Engineering, to proceed with the STAMP and CATEX checklists.  RFP Adopted – R99-18 STAMP RFP Adopted – R98-18 CATEX

  • Sep
      7, 2018

    September 7, 2018 - Notice to Proceed (NTP) issued to Burns & McDonnell Engineering, Inc. to Complete and Submit STAMP to the FAA

    A NTP to was sent to Burns & McDonnell Engineering to complete the STAMP and submit it to the the FAA.

  • Sep
      17, 2018

    September 17, 2018 - City Council Authorizes Airport Aid Agreement with the Missouri Department of Transportation to Complete the Master Plan and ALP

    The City Council authorized an airport aid agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for completion of Master Plan and ALP updates for the Columbia Regional Airport. B238-18

  • Dec
      17, 2018

    December 17, 2018 - City Council Supports Design/Build Method for the New Terminal

    On December 17, 2018, staff provided information on three construction methodologies to the Columbia City Council for consideration: Design/Build, Design/Bid/Build and Construction Manager at Risk. Council provided direction to staff to proceed with the Design/Build method for the new terminal.

  • Apr
      4, 2019

    April 4, 2019 - Submission of STAMP Documents to FAA

    Beginning in the spring of 2019, the STAMP documents were submitted to the FAA for review.

  • Apr
      15, 2019

    April 15, 2019 - City Council Authorizes Contract with Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. to Complete a CATEX of Site 1X

    The City Council authorized a consultant agreement with Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. to complete a CATEX. This environmental site review for Site 1X is now complete.  Resolution R56-19 Attachment A to Resolution R56-19

  • Jul
      1, 2019

    July 1, 2019 - Council Approved Owner’s Representative Agreement

    The City Council approved a contract to the Owner’s Representative, who will oversee the Terminal Project on behalf of the city. 

  • Summer

    Summer 2019 - Architectural and Engineering Process Begins

    Creation of initial 15% architectural and engineering design documents that will be used for the Design/Build Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

  • Summer

    Summer 2019 - Design and Construction of Hangar 730 at North Location Begins

    Hangar 350 will become Hangar 730. The City of Columbia issued the COU Hangar 730 RFP on October 9, 2019. 

  • Summer

    Summer 2019 - Letters of Interest and Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Issued for the Design/Build Team

    The City of Columbia issued the Letter of interest (LOI) on October 18, 2019 for the new terminal project. The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was issued on November 8. 

  • Winter

    Winter 2019 - RFQ Issued for Design/Build

    On November 8, the RFQ was issued to the 10 respondents of the LOI. A mandatory (for all prime contractors) pre-qualification conference was held on November 20, 2019, at 1 p.m CST, in Council Chambers at City Hall, 701 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201. Eight teams attended. Attendance was mandatory for all prime contractors that Read More »

  • February

    February 2020 - RFP Issued For New Terminal

    View the RFP that was sent out.

  • April

    April 2020 - Public Input/Open House

    A virtual open house was held in place of a traditional open house, due to COVID-19. The following documents detail the information available and the responses gathered. Terminal Designs Survey Individual Responses COU Terminal Designs Survey Overview

  • Summer

    Summer 2020 - Design/Build Contract to be Awarded by City Council

    Nabholz Construction was awarded the construction contract by City Council on June 1, 2020. Nabholz Construction Floor Plan Nabholz Construction Renderings To view other proposals and related documents, view the meeting agenda.   

  • Summer

    Summer 2020 - Shovel in the Ground

    Notice to Proceed issued July 20, 2020.  

  • Ongoing

    Ongoing 2020-2021 - Construction

    Details will be posted here as they become available. 

  • Summer

    Summer 2020 - National and regional artists finalist interviews

    One national and one regional artist recommended to move forward. City Council to approve agreements with artists in August 2020.

  • Fall

    Fall 2020 - Artists create design proposals followed by a public comment period

    Standing Committee on Public Art and Commission on Cultural Affairs review and make recommendations. City Council to hold public hearing on design proposals in Winter 2020.

  • Winter

    Winter 2021 - Substantial Completion and Temporary Certificate of Occupancy

    Details will be posted here as they become available. 

  • Spring

    Spring 2022 - Wheels Up! Grand Opening of New COU Terminal

    Details will be posted here as they become available.