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Scottsdale Airport Redevelopment - DWL Architects

Scottsdale Airport Redevelopment

Scottsdale Airport is home to many of the Valley’s corporate aircraft and functions as a general aviation reliever facility. Over recent years, the airport has experienced a growth in activity that raised the need for increased aircraft parking and larger hangar space. The vision for this project is to upgrade and enhance the existing Airport Terminal Area by maximizing use of the available site through the development of a new, efficient aviation campus. This sets the trend for future development and added services at Scottsdale Airport in a manner that is fiscally and environmentally sustainable.

This project consolidates the airport’s landside administration offices, customs operations, and existing tenant spaces into a new Aviation Business Center. The building’s plan, organized by function, embraces its location within the Sonoran Desert. By integrating new glass façades, visitors can enjoy connections to the airfield and views of the McDowell Mountains. The addition of a welcoming public plaza connects the site’s structures, including two new 30,000 square foot executive hangars, and allows first class, expanded customer service offerings to tenants and visitors alike. The plaza and Aviation Business Center serve as a hub for the airport and larger airpark area.

To promote a sensitive and sustainable design, the site responds to the surroundings by taking full advantage of its solar orientation. The main glass façade faces north to control heat gain, and integrated shade screens provide additional protection from the south and west exposures.

In tribute to the airport’s historic contribution to the nation, an installation featuring a World War II-era Stearman PT-17 airplane used in training U.S. military forces will be incorporated into the site, suspended above the outdoor plaza. With plans to break ground in summer 2017, the estimated completion date for this redevelopment project is summer 2018.

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