Caliente Construction Inc. Breaks Ground on $9 Million Combination Office, Hangar Building at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

Tempe, Arizona Caliente Construction Inc., broke ground Feb. 18 on a combination office and hangar building at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport for Aviation Performance Solutions, the largest provider of upset prevention and recovery training in the world.

Caliente, an Arizona-based general contractor providing commercial construction services in the Western U.S. for almost 30 years, collaborated with architect Dekker Perich Sabatini on the $9 million development that initially consists of approximately 10,000 SF of office and training space on two levels and 14,000 SF of hangar space.

The new facility will provide airplane pilots with the advanced skills to overcome the No. 1 cause of aviation-related fatalities, loss of control in-flight. Aviation Performance’s new headquarters facility complex will be two separate developments at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

“The expansion by APS at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport with these two all-new facilities underscores our commitment to the economic growth of the region, creating jobs, and expanding our ability to meet a major shift in demand for our unique flight training services,” said Paul B.J. Ransbury, CEO of Aviation Performance Solutions. “We help pilots bring everyone home safely. Our team is dedicated to saving lives in aviation by aggressively solving the top threat to commercial flight operations worldwide.”  

The first development will be used by APS as its world headquarters building and is a combination office and hangar building with office space hangar space. The first-floor office space will be used primarily for education and training activities with support for flight operations.

A comfortable customer lounge will be directly adjacent to the flight line on both the first and second floors.

The second-floor lounge will have access to an outdoor viewing deck that gives direct views to flight activities. The remainder of the second floor will be occupied by the APS corporate offices and provides open office areas with a view to the common courtyard area.

The facility is designed to have a modern aviation aesthetic with sweeping curves and abundance of glass and natural light. 

“Caliente Construction is extremely proud to be a part of the Aviation Performance Solutions new headquarters and training facility and support their mission of making commercial air travel safer,” said Caliente Construction President/CEO Lorraine Bergman. “This is an important project which will boost the area’s economy and bring international attention to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.”

The second development on the property is a speculative hangar and office building and will also be used by APS for operations. This building provides approximately 4,000 SF of office space and 35,000 SF of hangar space that is large enough to house multiple G650 aircraft. The office areas provide convenient access to the hangar functions as well as the shared outdoor courtyard.

Both facilities are easily accessible from main airport roads and provide direct access to flight operations from the hangar areas and have convenient parking that allows for easy access to each building. The project is expected to be completed by January 2021.

About Caliente Construction

Caliente Construction is family-owned, award-winning commercial general contractor recognized for its safety, exceptional services, and sincere commitment to the community. Founded in 1991, Caliente provides a full range of construction services to commercial, industrial, educational, healthcare, hospitality, energy and mission critical clients throughout the Western United States, including: Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. To learn more about Caliente visit www.calienteconstruction.com.

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