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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

Project Impacts

The final construction completion date and FAA Certification has been extended by 94 days due to material acquisition delays of the COR-TEN Steel required for the production of the simulator.

The actual Phase II CORTEN Aircraft Fuselage production started in October 2021, the interior components had an earlier start date.  This did not impact the cost of construction.

Latest Updates

Install of all underground electrical conduit from the control building to the water recycle tank, electrical run for future use, main line from control room stub out to simulator are all done. The footers and stem wall have been poured for the control building. Sewer line install passed inspection. Drains for the fire pit areas have been completed. Foundation pour of the control building is done. Door frames for the control building have been placed, block walls are done,  install of metal roof trusses and plywood done. Metal roof install is complete. Interior MEP work being performed, hvac duct work, plumbing and electrical work going in. Update from Alpine Metals, the special Core 10 metal has been secured, production of phase II of the simulator parts has started. The 18,000 gallon Liquid Propane tank was delivered and installed, crews are welding the underground propane lines, housekeeping pad for LP pumps was poured and pumps placed. The water recycling tank foundation base has been formed up ready to pour.  11/23/2021


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 05/13/2022

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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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