Centennial Airport administration building to have community focus

'The Hangar' is planned to be gathering place, event venue

Posted 6/17/18

Centennial Airport plans to construct a new administration building that will double as a community center for tenants and students, and as a place for events. The facility is expected to be complete …

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Centennial Airport administration building to have community focus

'The Hangar' is planned to be gathering place, event venue

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Centennial Airport plans to construct a new administration building that will double as a community center for tenants and students, and as a place for events.

The facility is expected to be complete in early 2020 and will sit in the northwest corner of the airport’s main parking lot on South Peoria Street, according to a news release by the airport.

The new building will feature a work environment designed to promote creativity and collaboration, the release said, and will include some retail space, an outdoor community plaza and meeting space for up to 200 people.

“This new facility is an investment not only in the airport, but in our tenants, employees and the surrounding communities,” said Michael Fronapfel, director of planning for the airport, in the release. “For aviation students, it’s an investment in the next generation of aviators.”

“The Hangar,” which will feature approximately 20,000 square feet of space, will be funded by the airport rather than local tax dollars, the release said.

The airport’s director, Robert Olislagers, announced the new building May 25 at a 50th anniversary event for the airport that was headlined by Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger at the Denver Marriott Tech Center at 4900 S. Syracuse St. in Denver. It will feature events like open houses with flight schools, Olislagers said.

Centennial Airport is a general-aviation airport, which means it features flight training and medical evacuation, corporate charter, small cargo and recreational flights, among other uses — but commercial-airline flights, like those on United or Southwest airlines, for example, are not part of the mix.

It opened May 12, 1968, as Arapahoe County Airport and is owned and operated by the Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority, a governmental body. It is not located in the city of Centennial, which was formed long after the airport in 2001 — the airport changed its name to “Centennial” in 1984.

The airport sits at 7800 S. Peoria St., just south of East Arapahoe Road and southeast of the Topgolf entertainment complex, near the middle of Centennial.

It sits mostly in unincorporated Arapahoe County but extends south into Douglas County, and it’s one of the busiest general-aviation airports in the country.

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