Construction Is Ready for Takeoff
August 21, 2018
LNAA breaks ground on $16.3 million hangar project at ABE
Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) will have a new home for corporate and general aviation aircraft in the summer 2019.
On Tuesday, August 21st, the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority (LNAA) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to officially kickoff construction of Hangar 11 – a 54,000 square foot facility that is designed for all types of general aviation aircraft and is equipped to accommodate the newer line of corporate jets that weigh up to 100,000 pounds (example: Gulfstream 650).
“There is high demand for hangar space in the Northeast Corridor, and we have the land available to make this important infrastructure investment and feel strongly that Hangar 11 will be an attraction for more aircraft making their home in the Lehigh Valley,” said Thomas R. Stoudt, Executive Director, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.
The first hangar built at ABE since 2006, the Airport Authority received a $6 million grant from the PennDOT Bureau of Aviation to boost the financial feasibility in developing this project.
“The Bureau of Aviation continuously supports aviation throughout the state of Pennsylvania from our General Aviation airports to our Commercial Airports. The Hangar 11 project is another great example of providing and expanding opportunities for the airport and local community to grow in conjunction with spurring and attracting economic growth in the Lehigh Valley,” said Anthony J. McCloskey, P.E., Director, PennDOT Bureau of Aviation.
Currently, ABE has 120 based aircraft. The construction of Hangar 11 is expected to last ten months. The LNAA Board of Governors selected: Grace Industries, Inc. from Bath, PA (general contractor); Boro Construction from King of Prussia, PA (Electrical); Guy M. Cooper, Inc. from Willow Grove, PA (Plumbing); and Shannon A. Smith, Inc. from Myerstown, PA (HVAC).