Scottsdale Airport has unveiled its new aviation business center, veteran’s memorial, hangars and restaurant, marking the completion of a US$27m redevelopment project.
The modernized facility replaces the outdated and underutilized airport terminal built in 1968. The new center makes better use of the existing footprint and welcomes the public to experience the airport via the new restaurant, public viewing deck and park-like plaza area.
The Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial is a tribute to the airport’s roots as a training field for pilots and aircrew during World War II.
The Scottsdale City Council approved an agreement to build a veterans’ memorial shade plaza as part of the project. It features a WWII era PT-17 Stearman aircraft, similar to those flown in the airport’s early days, an interactive kiosk and donor plaques.
Elsewhere at the facility, glass art by Martin Donlin adorns a section of the building adding character and bringing some of the Arizona desert landscape indoors.
The Volanti Restaurant and Lounge serves a classic menu with influences from around the world and an unbeatable location with views of the airport and McDowell Mountains.
There are also two new meeting rooms and a patio area available for rent.