Painting of water tower set to begin at Falcon Field Airport
By: Dee Anne Thomas
07/21/14 7:31 AM
Painting will begin in August on the iconic water tower at Mesa’s Falcon Field Airport.
During summer 2012, public meetings were held to gather ideas and comments for painting the landmark located on the Airport near Greenfield and McKellips roads. More than 60 creative suggestions were submitted by airport tenants and Mesa residents. Ideas ranged from practical to fanciful and included patriotic and aviation themes.
"The community enthusiasm for this project was wonderful and much appreciated," Airport Director Corinne Nystrom said. "The creative collection of ideas that were submitted gave us a lot to consider."
According to the final design, the tower will be painted gray. The Falcon Field Airport logo will be added to the northeast side facing the airfield, and the City of Mesa logo will be added to the southwest side facing the intersection of Greenfield and McKellips roads. Centennial Contractors Enterprises, Inc. is the general contractor for the project.
The water tower, a neighborhood icon as well as a landmark sometimes used by incoming pilots, is being painted as part of capital improvements planned for the airport’s Historic Zone.
The airport’s Historic Zone is bordered by Greenfield and McKellips roads and includes Falcon Field Park, West Falcon Drive, City-owned aircraft storage hangars, two original World War II aircraft hangars, the Airport terminal building, the air traffic control tower, and privately owned aviation businesses. The theme of the area is focused on the Airport’s history with a retro look of airport architecture reminiscent of the 1940's when Falcon Field was built. The airport opened in September 1941 as a pilot training base for the British Royal Air Force and U.S. Army Air Corps.
"The new paint and design is part of multi-year upgrades at the Airport," Airport Projects & Operations Supervisor Brad Hagen said. "It is quite faded, and painting is needed as part of on-going maintenance."
In addition to painting the water tower, future improvements planned in the airport’s Historic Zone include renovations of the Airport terminal building, painting the historic World War II hangars and other airport-owned hangars, updated entry sign monuments, new landscaping, decorative street lights, directional signage, shaded pedestrian walkways, improvements to Falcon Field Park, and inviting areas where visitors can watch aircraft activity. The terminal building will be remodeled to better accommodate the needs of pilots, passengers and airport visitors. Funds for the improvements have been approved by the City Council as part of the City’s eight-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Funding for the projects is generated from Airport tenant and user fees only. No funding from the City’s General Fund will be used.
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