Construction is on schedule and on budget in the second and final phase of the terminal remodeling project at the Grider Field Pine Bluff Municipal Airport, aviation officials heard Thursday.

Construction is on schedule and on budget in the second and final phase of the terminal remodeling project at the Grider Field Pine Bluff Municipal Airport, aviation officials heard Thursday.

“They are progressing very well,” Airport Manager Doug Hale told the Aviation Commission during its monthly meeting. “They are 15 to 20 percent completed.”

Hale said that workers discovered an extra support column will be needed to correct a pre-existing architectural design flaw, which will cost about $3,500. That and a few other items have been added to the original scope of work, but the project is still well within the $14,000 buffer amount that was factored in to cover any unanticipated costs, Hale said.

Construction began Jan. 16 and is estimated to take six months at a cost of $439,000. The contractor is Bell Construction, which also completed the $500,000 Phase I of the project.

Phase II of the project will replace the building’s broken air-conditioning system, replace the roof and remodel several offices in the terminal, among other items. During Phase I in 2010, the outside of the building and many of the public spaces inside were remodeled.

Eighty percent of the funding comes from the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics and 20 percent of the funding comes from the city of Pine Bluff.

In other business, the commission:

• Heard from Mike Lain of Mike’s Flight Service LLC, the flight school based at the airport, that business is going well. Lain gave the commission a report on the business’ finances since it opened in December 2010, noting that the flight school has purchased $16,443 in fuel from the airport, paid $750 in hangar fees and contributed $5,765 to maintenance costs. The Aviation Commission has allowed Lain to keep an office in the terminal free of charge. “I feel like I’m putting more into the airport than it’s costing for us to be here,” Lain said. Several commissioners expressed that they feel the presence of the flight school is a positive thing for the airport and for encouraging more local residents to become aviators.

• Discussed a draft lease for the former National Guard Armory building at the airport. The Guard has moved to a shared facility at the Pine Bluff Arsenal, and the commission is preparing to rent the facility at the airport to a tenant. Hale said a couple of different businesses are interested.

• Heard from Hale that the airport will soon be soliciting bids for someone to cut hay on the airport grounds.

• And heard from Hale that the airport has hired a new bookkeeper, Kay Vanlandingham.