Reno-Stead Airport will be getting a new administrative building to replace an aging cinder-block structure that officials say is too small in general and inadequate during times of emergency.
The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority on Wednesday approved up to $6 million for the upgrade.
Airport authority spokesman Brian Kulpin tells the Reno-Gazette Journal (http://on.rgj.com/T0TcuF) that besides serving the local business community in Stead, the new building will also include an emergency operations center.
He adds that the Stead Airport is a federally designated "reliever" airport for Reno-Tahoe International, meaning it is meant to help relieve congestion and act as an alternative airport in emergencies.
There is no timeline yet for when construction will begin.