Atkinson said the results of the study will be used to see how the airport can become more energy efficient and save money in operation of the airport. For instance, the study could reveal ways the airport can make its heating and cooling system more efficient.
"We do not make the best use of our central plant," he said. "We have a boiler and a chiller plant that aren't used to their full capacity."
The airport can incorporate recommendations from the study into future upgrade projects.
Airport officials will have a meeting Friday to "establish the scope of the work and study design for the project."
* Received an update about the obstruction removal project at the south end of the airport's main runway.
The $15 million project involves removing part of the top of a hill at the end of the runway to give departing planes more room for takeoff, in response to newer Federal Aviation Administration regulations.
So far, pre-construction and blast surveys have been finished, and other prep work is also complete.
Starting Monday, crews will begin more of the heavy duty work to cut down the height of the hill. Blasting will need to be performed to remove some parts of the hill, but that process likely won't begin until after March, Atkinson said.
"They're going to use smaller blasts," he said.
On Oct. 2, airport officials held a community meeting in the Coal Branch Heights neighborhood of Charleston, which lies just past the construction site. Atkinson said over 70 people attended that meeting, and residents were understanding of the scope of the project.
"We told them we can't promise there won't be any problems, but if there is a problem, we'll address it," he said.
* Heard from Col. Bill Peters about military developments related to the West Virginia Air National Guard's 130th Airlift Wing.
Peters said those in the military are keeping an eye on decisions by Congress and the Air Force related to military bases in the U.S. He said proposals have been made to end use of certain airplanes and shuffle equipment between various bases. However, he added that he doesn't foresee any major impacts as it relates to the Charleston facility.
"I don't see any real threat," he said.
The Yeager Airport board will meet again at noon on Dec. 11.Contact writer Matt Murphy at Matt.Mur...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817.