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Mesa's Falcon Field terminal building renovations get under way

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Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013 12:36 pm | Updated: 7:20 pm, Fri May 24, 2013.

The first steps toward improving Falcon Field Airport’s terminal building are underway with design of renovations to the terminal building.

After a public bid process, DWL Architects + Planners, Inc. are now approximately one-third complete with design of the renovations. Once the design is completed this fall, a construction contractor will be selected through a public bid process. Construction is expected to begin in early 2014.

“The terminal was built in the early 1970’s, and little has been done with it since,” Airport Director Corinne Nystrom said. “As the heart of the airport, the building should reflect the excellent quality of customer care, business services, and facilities that are available here.”

“DWL is excited to have been selected for this important project for Falcon Field Airport and the City of Mesa,” said Sandra Kukla, Principal at DWL. “Our design team is focused on aviation. We understand the historical significance of the airport and that the terminal is an essential community building.”

The $1.6 million project will include upgrades to the lobby waiting area, public viewing patio and restrooms as well as heating and air conditioning systems. The project also will bring the structure into compliance with current building codes and standards for access for the disabled. In response to requests from airport tenants, the reconfigured lobby will include space where pilots can plan flights or aviation groups could gather.

The existing terminal building has a patio and seating where the public can watch planes take off and land, see helicopters practice maneuvers, and enjoy Arizona sunsets. The project will enlarge the covered patio area and update it with new Arizona-themed landscaping.

Enhancements to the terminal building’s exterior will not only modernize its appearance but will complement planned improvements to airport roadway landscaping and lighting that also are part of Falcon Field’s $22.6 million five-year capital improvement program. The terminal building public areas will be expanded. A larger, updated lobby, along with other entry improvements, will give the terminal a new presence.

“The design vision is to create a terminal that is inspired by Falcon Field’s history and the excitement of flight, while responding to the community’s desire for a gathering space,” Kukla said. “We are creating a place that will be a source of pride for pilots, aviation enthusiasts and visitors alike.”

“Falcon Field is a regional hub for aviation business and recreational activity, and these improvements not only reflect the continuous improvements that we make to the airport’s infrastructure, but also will help us remain competitive in our efforts to attract businesses and continue to be financially self-sustaining,” Nystrom said.

When construction begins next year, airport administrative offices and employees that are housed in the terminal building will be temporarily moved to another location on the airport.

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