Mesa Celebrates Falcon Field Airport Terminal Renovation

The City of Mesa celebrated the Grand Opening of the newly renovated terminal building at Falcon Field Airport for which Logan Simpson completed landscape architecture design services.

Site improvements included the immediate entrances areas and waiting areas adjacent to the building’s landside and airside. The $2 million remodel provides upgraded facilities for pilots, passengers and the public in a modern setting. It is the first of several improvements to be completed this fall and in early 2016 at the Mesa airport.

Jerry Moar, LEED AP BC+D, said the project was committed to preservation and low-impact design. All existing desert cacti accents were salvaged for relocation within the new landscape and the project protected healthy Ash and Juniper trees.

“Preservation and protection of these existing trees was not only a sustainable approach to the project, but it allows for a living history of Falcon Field to remain as part of the airport,” said Moar. “The intensity and layout of the new plant material serves as an extension of the architectural improvements and enhances the arrival /departure ‘Welcome to Arizona’ experience.”

The former terminal was more than 40 years old, so this renovation will provide pilots and visitors with a beautiful and functional entrance to Mesa, said Airport Director Corinne Nystrom.

The interior useable area will increase from 3,560 to 5,600 square feet by encompassing the existing building footprint. Interior improvements will include the lobby, public waiting area, pilot briefing room, conference room, and restrooms. The exterior appearance also will be updated, and the public aircraft viewing area will be expanded. Moar said a shaded patio with terrace seating and an open lawn area will provide Mesa residents a scenic spot to watch aircraft and have a picnic.

DWL Architects + Planners, Inc. designed the terminal improvements, and Builders Guild, Inc. is the general contractor for construction. The $2 million project is funded by the airport, which is a City of Mesa enterprise. Falcon Field is financially self-supporting through user fees and does not receive City General Fund revenues to operate.