Appleton International Airport
On Aug. 22, 2015 the Outagamie County Regional Airport (Appleton, Wisconsin) formally changed its name to Appleton International Airport. This long-awaited name change was approved by the county board as plans to add U.S. Customs and Border Protection services at the airport began. The addition of these services allows the airport to claim international status.
International private aircraft can now land at the airport without first having to obtain clearance elsewhere, such as the Chicago O’Hare International Airport. This applies to general aviation aircraft of 20 passengers or less.
OMNNI’s lead architect, Aaron Kiesau, provided the architectural design for the renovations and an addition to the existing general aviation air charter building. The addition includes a customs office, air charter waiting area, restrooms and storage area. Renovations include a waiting room, processing area, interview rooms, a holding cell, restrooms and equipment room. The project also required upgrades to the security, mechanical and emergency power systems.
According to OMNNI’s Airport Services Program Manager Aaron Stewart:
“The addition of these services is a great benefit for area companies that have international operations. It will allow their private aircraft to clear customs directly at Appleton’s airport. It also benefits the airport in areas like additional refueling revenues and landing fees.”
Batten International Airport
OMNNI also provided architectural design services for the addition of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection services area at Batten International Airport (Racine, Wisconsin).
The original customs facility for Batten operated out of two rooms in the current terminal. The 1,200-square-foot addition provides a more efficient passenger screening process. Like the Appleton International Airport, Batten will process international flights for smaller general aviation aircraft owned by local businesses.
“Both these projects required close collaboration with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel during the planning and design process to ensure federal technical design and security standards were met,” Kiesau said. “The new building designs enhance the existing facilities, while providing a secure setting for the processing of passengers.”
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