had been granted.
the time we were ready to break ground, I'd
begun work on Austin Executive Airport and
had decided to hold off constructing the ter-
minal building in Houston. In time, I chose
to transplant Howard's terminal design from
Houston to Austin. Why is a bit hard to ex-
plain. For now I can tell you that I believed the
building could make a bigger splash in Austin.
The City of Austin was growing, it desperately
needed a general aviation airport, demand for
hangar space was high, and the only nearby
airport, Austin-Bergstrom International, was
Whether all of those reasons led me in the
right direction, whether planting my multi-
million dollar homage-to-the-Golden-Days-of-
Aviation in Austin rather than Houston was a
good idea, I have no idea. I do know I wanted
Austin Executive Airport to be a success, and
showcasing Howard's design in the state's
capitol was one way to ensure it.
Executive Airport. Once the Austin Executive
Airport is up and running, I will likely repli-
cate the Austin terminal at the Houston Ex-
a local Austin architect, Randy Fromberg, to
update the drawings to meet the City of Aus-
tin's building standards.
around $3.5 million to build as is, without any
alterations to Howard's design. At the same
time, Randy felt we had several options.
maybe as much as $1.5 million less. If we
started over, Randy would need three months
to draft a new design and prepare construc-
tion drawings, and more months to send the
drawings out to bid, all of which would soak
up time, add to the cost of design, but signifi-
Photo courtesy of David Hannah III.