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The Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) is preparing to embark on the final, and costliest, chapter of its four-phase modernization program that’s been underway for nearly a decade. And for airport director Marty Lenss, the $62 million Phase 4 project represents the conclusion of a key development in the history of Eastern Iowa’s largest commercial airport. “It's been a long project,” said Mr. Lenss, who’s been the Eastern Iowa Airport's director since 2014. “We started planning this project in 2012, and construction work began back in 2014. So, it’ll be nice to see the end of the tunnel, for sure.” The focus of the airport’s final phase is an extensive remodeling and 30,000-square-foot expansion of the airport’s passenger concourse and the addition of four new jetways. The expansion will begin at Gate 9, at the end of the current concourse, and turn to the west, Mr. Lenss said. As part of the project, another restaurant will be added to the concourse, and the existing Cedar Ridge restaurant will be remodeled and reconfigured for “quick grab” concessions. All gates from Gate 4 to the end of the current concourse will be extensively remodeled, with new seating, more natural daylighting, and a new heating and cooling system with energy provided exclusively through a new geothermal field and additional photovoltaic solar energy panels on the concourse roof. “Only the public portion of the terminal will be on a traditional boiler system for heat,” Mr. Lenss said. “We’re switching over to a much more efficient and greener energy system.” More restrooms will be added, along with lounges for parents traveling with children who may need a quieter space. A “sensory room” will also be included for people “for folks that need to get out of a congested gate area and need to calm the energy down,” and an indoor area will be available for traveling pets and service animals.