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AIRPORT PROFILE
The new airport terminal, built on 1,600
acres 10 miles northwest of Williston, is
around 100,000 square feet - almost 10
times the size of its predecessor.
OVERLAND AVIATION

A combinat ion of pract ica l
con sider at ion s a nd t houg ht f u l
aesthetics further distinguishes the
design. A curved front curtain wall
avoids an industrial or utilitarian
feel, as does the terrazzo f looring
throughout the terminal. A butterf ly
roof allows a lot of natural light into
the heart of the facility, which also
features the only two escalators in
Williston. A full restaurant and bar
in the center of the concourse offers
visibility through to the airf ield
beyond and a retail shop will offer a
mix of sundries and samples of local
artisans' craftsmanship. XWA even
includes a full children's play area.

Civic and community
support

It also required a steady supply of skilled
labor - which wasn't always easy to
come by. Regional competition for
energy and infrastructure projects, and
an improving national economy that
prompted some newcomers to return
to their home markets, further thinned
the skilled labor market. The city
commission's decision to move forward
with a construction manager at-risk for
all vertical structures - specifically
the commercial terminal and aircraft
rescue, firefighting and snow removal
equipment facility - mitigated some of
the labor supply difficulties by ensuring
the participation of a firm that's skilled
at identifying and managing those trade
partners.
Labor wasn't the only challenge
facing the project. Famously harsh
North Dakota weather took its toll.
The 2018 winter included record
cold, forcing the project team to
halt construction on the airport's
paved surfaces to comply with FAA
guidelines. Cool temperatures this
spring also delayed the project timeline
requiring meticulous planning and
patience from project partners.

Coordination and
logistics
Creating what is essentially a small city
in the prairie in a relatively a short time
span requires extraordinary coordination
and communication to optimize safety
and efficiency. A dedicated program
coordination team led by Fargo-based
Ulteig Engineering and Grand Forksbased AE2S coordinated the 20-30
contracts all being executed at the same
time, and the multiple engineering firms
operating concurrently. Additionally,
the city of Williston contracted Cardon
Global to act as an owner's representative
and put another set of experienced eyes
on the project.

Design and amenities
X WA includes a l l the moder n
amenities that travelers expect in this
day and age. The airport has four gates
and three passenger boarding bridges,
eliminating the need to walk outside
in 40-degree-below-zero weather.
The airport also features new space for
check-ins, an unmanned exit lane, two
new baggage carousels and additional
space for rental car facilities.

A col l abor at ive publ ic/pr ivate
partnership and extraordinary civic and
community support from the Williston
City Commission, has been pivotal in
delivering the financial and logistical
support to make the project happen.
Partners from the FAA and the North
Dakota Aeronautics Commission
to the state of North Dakota have
contributed key planning and financial
support. A project of this size, speed and
complexity wouldn't have been possible
without all parties pulling in the same
direction. Political figures like Williston
Mayor Howard Klug, Kyle C. Wanner,
director of the North Dakota Aeronautics
Commission, current North Dakota
Senators Cramer and Hoeven, and
former Senator Heitkamp, have all been
passionate XWA advocates and supporters.

Economic impact
A Nor t h D a kot a Ae r on a ut ic s
Commission economic impact study
in 2015 found that, even with all of its
operational limitations, Sloulin Airfield
had an economic output of over $209
million annually. That already dramatic
impact is set to skyrocket with the new
XWA facility and increased volume.
XWA is a critical piece of civic and
community aviation infrastructure:
essential for the future growth of the
City of Williston and for the region as
a whole. 

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Airport Business

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Airport Business

Inside the Fence
Industry Update
On the Wild Side
Change for Good
Cover Story: Economy Inflight
Williston Takes Flight
Enhance Airport and Airline Relations
FBOs and OEMs: Strange Bedfellows
Airport Guru
Solid Answers for Successful Airports
Product Focus
Animal Control on the Runway
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Airport Business - Inside the Fence
Airport Business - Industry Update
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Airport Business - On the Wild Side
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Airport Business - Change for Good
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Airport Business - Cover Story: Economy Inflight
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Airport Business - Williston Takes Flight
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Airport Business - Enhance Airport and Airline Relations
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Airport Business - FBOs and OEMs: Strange Bedfellows
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