JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT — The barrel-vaulted ceilings of the new terminal at John Wayne Airport were nearing completion this week, as construction crews entered the final stretch of an almost five-year airport improvement project, an airport spokeswoman said.
Terminal C will duplicate the look given to Terminals A and B, which were built at JWA almost 20 years ago. It will incorporate natural stone, neutral colors and the same vaulted ceilings, as much as new building codes allow, said project manager Khatchig Tchapadarian, of McCarthy Building Companies.
Tchapadarian and other airport officials took Orange County reporters on a tour of the construction site Thursday.
The $195.9-million project is on time, despite a few weeks of delay caused by winter rains, and is expected to be completed by November, he said.
"Building a project like this is completely different than a normal office building or residential building," Tchapadarian said. "It's totally unique in that there are lots of little bits and pieces to get to the end result."