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Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting Facility

Project Description

To provide an Airport Rescue & Fire Fighter (ARFF) training facility within Charlotte County. Training is required once per year for fighting fires on an aircraft with props, such as an engine or brake system fire. Training on an aircraft fuselage fire requires training every three years. This new facility will provide for state-of-the-art training in lieu of a mobile facility or traveling to other counties to meet the training requirements.

Project Location

26597 Airport Road, Punta Gorda

Latest Updates

A Ground Breaking was held on May 4th.. Mobilization of construction equipment is expected to start May 2021.


Phase Cost
Design $167,494,.00
Construction $8,921,382,00
Other Costs $303,734.00
Total Budget $9,392,610,00
Funding source(s): State Grant  and Sales Tax


Phase Estimated Start Date Forecast Completion Actual Completion
Planning and Approval 06/10/2019 04/23/2021 04/26/2021
Design Development 07/18/2019 04/26/2021
Construction 12/10/2020 03/18/2022

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Project Manager
Gary Burdahl

Public Relations
Brian Gleason
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Sponsor Department
Public Safety

Design Engineer/Architect
Wilder Architecture, Inc

Construction Contractor
Wharton-Smith, Inc

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