NCDOT Helps Washington Celebrate New Airport Terminal
Posted 5/25/2015 3:11:42 PM
RALEIGH-The N.C. Department of Transportation helped the city of Washington celebrate the completion of their new airport terminal building at Warren Field Airport on May 25. The previous terminal building was destroyed by a storm in July of 2012. The Division of Aviation assisted the city in evaluating the damage and developing a plan to replace the building following the storm that caused the damage.
“NCDOT is pleased to participate in this critical project to meet the needs of Warren Field Airport and help create new opportunities for the City of Washington and Eastern North Carolina,” Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said. “North Carolina’s publicly owned airports serve as a significant economic engine for our state, supporting more than 108,000 jobs and contributing nearly $26 billion annually to the state’s economy.”
The new terminal building cost $1.1 million. This amount includes the design, permitting, construction and construction administration. The NCDOT Division of Aviation is contributing $800,000 ($500,000 state and $300,000 FAA funds) toward this project. Insurance proceeds and city funds make up the additional cost.
Based on the 2012 Economic Contribution of Airports in NC study, the Warren Field Airport creates over $3.7 million annually in economic activity and 30 jobs.
“We thank the North Carolina Department of Transportation, especially Division of Aviation of personnel, who have assisted us from the day the old terminal building was destroyed on July 1, 2012. Without their assistance, we would not have the facility we have today. We also want to take this time to thank the men and women who have served and are still serving in our military, especially on this Memorial Day.”
The previous terminal building was built in 1975. Warren Field Airport was built during World War II as a military training facility.
Today, users of the airport include: Sun Energy 1, Net Jets, Pot-Ash Inc., Plane Investments, Wal-Mart, Waffle House, Lowes, Metro Aviation/Vidant, Skydive Little Washington and Grady White. Recent visitors to the airport include Jimmy Buffett and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Current airport projects include airfield lighting rehabilitation and a maintenance project on runway pavements. Projects that were recently completed besides the terminal building include an airfield drainage rehabilitation project.
In 2012, the Division of Aviation partnered with the city to enable the installation of a large scale utility solar system installed on the airfield. Approximately 34 acres of solar panels generate around 5,000 kW of electricity daily. Revenue generated by the solar farm in the form of rent and taxes totals almost $19,400 annually and is used to operate the airport.
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