The Gary Jet Center is adding a $2.5 million corporate aviation terminal to its facilities at Gary/Chicago International Airport.
The terminal will be at the Gary Jet Center's newest hangar and will replace one that is housed within its oldest hangar. It will feature a glass-walled lobby that will offer views of the west end of the main runway, which was recently expanded at a cost of $174 million.
"This Corporate Flight Center is the crowning piece in the Gary Jet Center's goal of providing the finest flight experience in the Chicago aviation market," said Wil Davis, chairman and CEO of the Gary Jet Center.
The terminal will have multiple pilots' lounges, a business center, conference room and kitchen facilities. Construction began in December and it should be completed this summer.
The new terminal appears to be an example of the development spurred by the expansion of the airport's main runway to 8,900 feet, allowing it to handle a wider range of aircraft.
In November, the Gary/Chicago International Airport authority approved plans by the airport's other fixed base operator, B. Coleman Aviation, to pursue a project that would add a $5 million, 40,000-square-foot hangar near its current facility.
The Gary Jet Center is collaborating on its project with LEE Companies, a project management firm in Gary. The new terminal was designed by international architecture firm Ghafari Associates. The interior will be designed by Partners By Design, of Chicago.
The new hangar will be a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified structure. The hangar it is attached to was the first LEED certified building constructed in Gary.
The Gary Jet Center was founded at the airport 25 years ago. It has 110,000 square feet of hangar space. It is family owned and operated and offers fueling, charters and aircraft management, and aircraft maintenance and repair services under FAA certificates.