Springerville Municipal Airport Terminal Building

SpringervilleTerminal1SpringervilleTerminal3Springerville Municipal Airport has undergone a significant transformation from a neglected general aviation outpost to a welcoming destination for visitors. At 7,055 feet above sea level, it is one of the highest elevation airports in Arizona. The existing general aviation terminal building was located within the runway visibility zone, so to bring it into compliance with FAA standards, it had to be removed and a new terminal built in a new location. C&S provided programmatic planning, architectural, MEP design site civil design, and constructability review for the new 4,300-square-foot terminal building. The design for this public use facility creates an inviting entrance and outdoor gathering space for public aviation airport users and the local flying community. The design solution required working within several critical constraints, including height restrictions based on FAA regulations, knowledge and prevention of wildlife hazards, and developing a design that was sustainable for the area. Though funds were not available to pursue formal LEED certification, C&S developed the most practical and sustainable design elements possible for this region, including:

  • Materials that have high recycled content or are recyclable, such as carpet and ceiling tiles
  • Windows that maximize daylight, while controlling heat load
  • Materials made in northeast Arizona that minimized transportation impacts and reflect the region’s character
  • Re-use of gray water for landscape water needs
  • Native, non-invasive landscaping that uses minimal water
  • A construction recycling plan for materials and debris
  • Natural gas fireplace
  • Energy-efficient lighting

SpringervilleTerminal2These design elements were selected because they contributed to the project’s environmental, social, and economic goals. The new facility has a lower impact on the environment, showcases local resources, and will cost the town less to own and operate than a conventionally designed facility. The terminal building complements architecture found in the region, maintaining the character of the town and surrounding environment. The interior features a wooden open-beam ceiling and elements that reflect a Northern White Mountain style. The design for this public-use facility also creates an inviting entrance and outdoor gathering space for public aviation airport users and the local flying community.