Martel Construction

Martel Construction leads the expansion of Bozeman, Mont.’s Gallatin Field airport. Montana is known as “Big Sky Country,” and even though that mainly refers to the wide-open vistas the state is known for, there are some big things going on in the air at Gallatin Field Airport in Bozeman, Mont.

With the help of Bozeman-based Martel Construction, the airport is putting the finishing touches on a significant expansion of the terminal building that will make it the state’s largest domestic airport.

The $40 million expansion will more than double the size of the terminal building, according to the airport. “The project will expand the number of gates from five to seven, provide a greatly expanded passenger screening checkpoint, add a third baggage claim carousel and increase food, beverage and retail concessions, particularly inside the concourse,” the airport says. “The project will also accommodate the increase in passengers that is expected over the next 10 to 15 years.”

Currently, Gallatin Field Airport serves more than 700,000 passengers each year, and the airport expects that number to increase substantially over the next few years. “At the end of two years, southwest Montana will have a world-class air transportation facility that will be capable of efficiently handling more than 1.5 million passengers each year,” according to the airport.

When the project was announced in 2009, Airport Authority Chairman Richard Roehm said having the expansion in place early would help cement the airport’s place in the region and make it an attractive hub for airlines. “The airlines shop around and operate out of locations that give favorable rates and facilities,” Roehm says. “We have been successful in the past by staying ahead of actual need, and we will maintain our competitive posture by constructing this new facility.”

Growth and Values

Martel Construction was selected to spearhead the construction of the terminal expansion, and the company says its decades of experience in multiple sectors have helped it on projects such as this one. “We have built multimillion-dollar properties in several western states and are licensed in Montana, Idaho, Washington and California,” the company says.     

Originally a father-son contractor team based in Bozeman, Martel Construction has developed from its humble beginnings in 1960. “Our family grew the company to employ approximately 150 construction professionals working from two offices and managing projects in several western states,” the company says.

“This expansion has been spurred by an unwavering commitment to quality and attention to detail,” the company continues. “Among our projects are schools, churches, athletic venues, libraries, hospitals, offices, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, apartments and high-end residential estates.”

However, the company says it hasn’t forgotten the values that have led to its success. “Despite our growth, we have stayed true to our original values,” the company says.

“Martel Construction meets our clients’ most discriminating tastes, from custom residential projects to complex commercial buildings. Our commitment to quality and detail, as well as the completion of projects within anticipated budgets and prescribed deadlines, are all values that the Martel family instilled in the business over five decades ago.”

Leading Contractor

As one of the leading contractors in Bozeman, Martel Construction has a broad range of experience in multiple sectors, and the company says it has achieved a high level of success in many of them. “Martel Construction was awarded the Montana Contractors’ Association’s [MCA] Best Custom Residence Award for 2006, 2007 and 2008,” the company says. “Our residential work has been showcased in many regional and national magazines in addition to the Travel Channel’s ‘Great American Lake Homes’ program in 2003.

“We also have extensive historical restoration experience in Yellowstone National Park as well as helping private owners retain or regain a structure’s original beauty,” the company continues. “In 2008, we were awarded the Best Historic Restoration Award by the MCA for our restoration efforts at the Old Faithful Lodge. In 2010, the MCA awarded us their Excellence in Craftsmanship Award for our replication of 100-year-old construction in creating an addition to the Ketterer mansion in downtown Bozeman.
“In addition, our civil construction includes detention facilities, parking structures, schools, and sports and recreation centers,” the company adds.

Proud Partners

Martel Construction says the work of numerous subcontractors and vendors has contributed to its success over the years. The company’s key partners include T&L Painting Inc. and Steel West Inc.

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