Gary Jet Center, one of two FBOs at Gary/Chicago International Airport, has started building a new corporate flight center. Measuring 8,000ft², the terminal will offer more than double the space of the existing building, with multiple pilots’ lounges, a business center, conference room and kitchen facilities. The old location will be retained for tenant offices and the expansion of Gary Jet Center’s aircraft maintenance offering.
To be completed in summer 2017 and costing US$2.5m, the project is a collaboration with LEE Companies, a Gary, Indiana-based project and construction management firm. The exterior has been designed by international architecture firm and aviation specialists Ghafari Associates, while the interiors are being handled by Chicago firm Partners by Design. As well as the FBO, Gary Jet Center offers over 110,000ft² of hangar space at the airport.
Wil Davis, chairman and CEO, Gary Jet Center, said, “This corporate flight center is the crowning piece in Gary Jet Center’s goal of providing the finest flight experience in the Chicago aviation market.”
Tom Rowland, partner at Partners by Design, added, “We are extremely honored to work with Gary Jet Center and LEE Companies on this exciting project. This facility will be one of the premium FBOs in the country upon completion, which will solidify Gary Jet Center as a pivotal piece for the future of Chicago’s air transportation sector.”