Terminal Area Redevelopment, includes new executive hangars
The Scottsdale Airport terminal area will undergo a major redevelopment this summer to fully maximize use of the limited and valuable property available on-airport. The most recent update to the Airport Master Plan cited the need for more executive hangar space and better utilization of prime airport property. With the partnership of long-standing airport tenants, Gemini Air Group and Zulu Caffe this project is soon to be a reality.
Both the existing airport terminal building and the adjacent aviation business center will be knocked down this summer. In its place, the new Aviation Business Center will include a larger restaurant with outdoor patio seating and premium views of the airfield and an event venue for a variety of meeting and event uses. The restaurant and event venue will be managed in partnership with the current owners of the airport's onsite restaurant, Zulu Caffe. Additionally there will be offices for the U.S. Customs service office, Civil Air Patrol office, Airport Administration offices and office space that will be available for lease. There also will be a lobby area and outdoor plaza area. Next to the Aviation Business Center, two large, 30,000 square foot, executive-type hangar facilities will be added to offer much-needed hangar facilities at the airport. The D.M.D Real Estate Group was instrumental in evaluating the terminal area redevelopment concept and assisting us in securing one of the airport's long-standing tenants, Gemini Air Group, to lease and manage the hangars. D.M.D. is on contract with the city to provide leasing and real estate services.
A grand opening is slated for summer 2018.
The redevelopment project includes construction of two executive-type hangars, which are able to accommodate aircraft up to a Gulfstream 650, Falcon 7x or Global Express. The hangars will be built by Scottsdale Airport at approximately 30,000 square feet each offering direct runway access, 28 foot doors and a private fuel facility onsite. Gemini Air Group, an aircraft charter company, was selected through a Request for Proposals process to lease and operate the hangar facilities.
Restaurant / Meeting Rooms
A new restaurant featuring an extended patio area and glass windows to fully experience the airport and airfield, while enjoying a delicious meal, will be built on the second floor of the Aviation Business Center. Additionally a new banquet facility and meeting rooms will be a new component offering a new venue in this part of town for events, banquets and meetings. The current airport restaurant owner of Zulu Caffe will manage the restaurant and banquet facility.
Thunderbird Field II Veterans’ Memorial
Scottsdale City Council has approved an agreement to build a veterans' memorial shade plaza as part of the Terminal Area Redevelopment Project. This structure will feature a Pre-World War II Stearman aircraft. An aircraft that is similar to those that flew during Scottsdale Airport's origins as a WWII flight training facility.
It was a flashback in history on April 27 when this Stearman PT-17 biplane landed at Scottsdale Airport -- it's identical to those flown here when the airport was founded as Thunderbird II, a training field for pilots training for combat duty in World War II. Watch video
The plane will become the centerpiece of a memorial to those pilots and their accomplishments.
Read more about this initiative to honor veterans on the Thunderbird Field II Veterans' website.
- Summer 2017 – Demolition of current buildings
- Summer 2018 – Grand opening of the new Executive Hangars and Aviation Business Center.
- A more detailed construction timeline will be made available once confirmed.