A new Airport for St. George and the Surrounding Area

After nearly two decades of planning, studies and financial challenges, the new St. George Municipal Airport is about ready for take-off! The new airport, located five miles southeast of downtown St. George will be five times the size of the current mesa-top airport at 1,200 acres and accommodate jet aircraft to suit the needs of visitors and residents of southwestern Utah well into the future.

In the early 1990’s City of St. George officials recognized the eventual need for a larger airport that would someday accommodate jet aircraft. They began preliminary studies and examined every parcel of ground in and around the city suitable for an airport. After a lengthy selection process, on July 7, 1998 the old Civil Aviation Administration landing strip located in Washington County and southeast of St. George was approved by the city council as the preferred site. Some of the studies to address environmental impacts were met with controversy and required extensive research and more studies.

st-george-new-airportIn September of 2006, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Record of Decision allowing the city to move forward with planning and design of a new airport. The city immediately began working on a financial plan which included securing over $120 million in FAA grants as well as the sale of the existing property to fund the new airport. The goal was to build and operate the new facility without placing any kind of a tax burden on area residents. Later that year property was acquired and the terminal building, airport aircraft rescue and firefighting facility, fixed Base operations, general aviation, runways, taxiways, lighting and instrumentation were designed and began construction in the fall of 2008.

When open in January 2011, the new St. George Municipal Airport will be able to accommodate larger jet aircraft capable of carrying passengers to Salt Lake City and a number of other regional destinations currently not available. Thousands of acres of developable property adjacent to the new airport will spur long-term economic development growth for all of Washington County. Visitors to the area will find the new airport to be a convenient way to access St. George and surrounding communities which feature: Huntsman World Senior Games, St. George Marathon, St. George Ironman Triathlon, Tuacahn Amphitheater, 13 golf courses, state parks and easy access to four national parks and monuments including Zion National Park.

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About the new SGU Municipal Airport SGU airport construction

Financing

  • $123 million is being funded by the FAA.
  • $37 million is being funded from local sources including sale of the existing airport property as well as miscellaneous city and county revenues.
  • No property taxes, income, or sales tax is anticipated to be used for the City’s local share of the cost of this new airport

Location

  • SGU is located five miles south-east of downtown St. George
  • 1203 acre site located in Southwestern Utah approximately 120 miles East of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Runway and Airport Facilities

  • 9,300 ft. (1.8 miles) runway expandable to 11,500 ft.
  • Built on 1,200 acres nearly five times the size of existing airport
  • Two 50 ft. full length parallel taxiways
  • Will meet all FAA safety requirements
  • Construction provides hundreds of local jobs in a difficult economic climate
  • Will accommodate regional jet aircraft, 737s and Airbus 319s
  • Access provided from the new Atkinville Interchange and new Southern Parkway which is part of the proposed regional beltway
  • More room for general aviation and fixed base operations
  • Full ILS instrumentation and navigational aids will be available
  • Completely expandable to allow the City to meet future needs of the community and area
  • Thousands of adjacent developable acres to accommodate economic development activities
  • Opportunities for other destinations and airlines if and when the market dictates
  • Great time to build because of low construction and material costs, with bids coming in at an average of 45% to 50% below 2007 estimates
  • New modern terminal building will be constructed
  • The total cost of the replacement airport is estimated at $160 million
  • Approximately $123 million is coming from FAA grants. These funds are generated by airline ticket sales, user taxes, fuel fees, and are not generated by federal income taxes. These funds can only be used for airport-related projects. Funds are collected nationwide; if the City does not use the approved grants, they will go to another airport project somewhere else in the country
  • Approximately $37.5 million in funding including the local match for the replacement airport is coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Washington County Transient Room Tax, City of St. George transportation fund, Water Services Department, Utah State and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA), Community Development Area (CDA) fund and fees collected at current airport.
  • Single 9.300 foot long and 150 foot wide runway with one full commercial service taxiway and one partial general aviation taxiway – Class D airspace.
  • 34,000 square foot, two story terminal. Special features include a greeting area, an enclosed garden and an architectural style emphasizing the beauty of local geology and vistas.
  • Design includes the latest all-weather instrument approach equipment including a variety of GPS, VOR/DME and ultimately ILS approach with MALSAR.
  • Fueling facilities.

ST. GEORGE REPLACEMENT AIRPORT HISTORICAL SUMMARY

   Date

Event

Mid 1980s City recognizes possible need for new airport
June 1, 1995 Airport addressed in the City’s General Plan
September 23, 1995 Creamer and Noble/Bernard Dunkelberg and Associates retained to perform Site Study, Environmental Assessment and Master Plan
October 1, 1995 Begin Environmental Assessment study
April 3, 1997 City Council public hearing
July 31, 1997 Site visit held to all 3 sites (1, 1A and 2)
May 30,1998 Preliminary Draft Environmental Assessment sent to over 120 people representing state, federal and county government agencies and individuals interested in the proposed project, requesting their comments.
July 7, 1998 Public Environmental Assessment Meeting – City Council selected preferred site (1/1a)
May 19, 1999 Old Airport Redevelopment Plan initiated
May 24, 1999 Noise Study initiated in response to National Parks Service concerns
October 30, 1999 Benefit/Cost Analysis complete
October 30, 1999 Airport Master Plan complete
November 15, 1999 Financial Plan complete
December 6, 1999 Draft Environmental Assessment submitted to the FAA
March 2000  Draft Noise Study submitted to the FAA
June 16, 2000 Final Draft Environmental Assessment sent to 135 people representing  state, federal and county government agencies and other interested individuals, requesting their comments
January 30, 2001 FAA File Record of Decision (ROD)
December 2001 Grand Canyon Trust Law Suit Filed
July 2003 Preliminary geotechnical investigation
May 16, 2006 Environmental Impact Statement complete
August 21, 2006 Record of Decision (ROD) issued
September 2006 EIS ROD Issued
September 18, 2006 FAA Grant of $17.2 million
November, 2006 Initiated land acquisition
January 2007 PBS&J selected as airfield design consultantCreamer and Noble selected as off-site design consultantRS&H selected as terminal building and fire station design consultant
April 19, 2007 PBS&J contract issued – Airside Design
August 16, 2007 Creamer and Noble contract issued – Landside Design
September 6, 2007 RS&H contract issued – Terminal and Fire Station Buildings design
January 6, 2008 Letter of Intent (LOI) issued by FAA for funding commitment
January 23, 2008 Airport Redevelopment RFP Issued
February 2008 Building Development Standards ApprovedMinimum Standards for Commercial Operations ApprovedRules and Regulations for Aeronautical Activities Approved
March 20, 2008 RS&H contract issued – Terminal and ARFF Building Design
April 30, 2008 General Plan Amendment for Airport Development
August 15, 2008 Land Rights Complete
October 1, 2008 Grading and Drainage project begins
October 17, 2008 Groundbreaking Ceremony is held
December 18, 2009 Contract awarded to PBS&J to design NavAids, Paving and Lighting
December 18, 2009 FAA agreement approved to develop Final Instrument Approach Procedures
January 8, 2009 Cost-sharing agreement with development to install waste water line to Replacement Airport
January 8, 2009 Construction Management contact awarded to Alpha Engineering for Airport Water Tank
March 5, 2009 Awarded contract to Tri-Star Marketing for marketing effort to attract additional air carriers.
March 19, 2009 Contract awarded to RS&H to design the ARFF building
April 2, 2009 FAA Reimbursement Agreement signed to design a navigational aid facility and relocate the REIL lights, and AWOS to Replacement Airport
April 9, 2009 PBS&J awarded a contract to design the finish grading project
April 9, 2009 Began installation of off-site water line to Replacement Airport
April 16, 2009 Desert Hills awarded contract to construct the landside water line
April 23, 2009 Contract awarded to RS&H for Construction Management of the Replacement Airport Terminal Building
April 23, 2009 Construction contract awarded to Sunroc to construct the Replacement Airport water tank
April 23, 2009 Agreement signed with Washington City to delineate city boundaries near the Replacement Airport
May 7, 2009 Finish Grading contract awarded to Quality Excavation
May 7, 2009 Terminal Building construction agreement awarded to Westland Construction
May 27, 2009 Finish Grading project started
June 18, 2009 Desert Hills awarded contract to construct the Westside Joint Utility Trench
July 6, 2009 Notice To Proceed issued for construction of terminal building
July 30, 2009 Landmark Testing chosen to provide testing and quality control services
August 18, 2009 Quality Excavation awarded the Roadway and Parking contract
August 20, 2009 Quality Excavation was awarded the Airfield Paving and Lighting Project
September 2009 Begin construction of Airport Parkway and terminal parking
October 9, 2009 Passed FAA Flight Check
October 13, 2009 Award of Airport Parkway South to Quality Excavation
November 2009 Began construction of Banded Hills Drive access and utility improvements to West General Aviation area.
February 18, 2010 Agreement signed with Dixie-Escalante REA to install power lines for the airport pump stations and Westside general aviation areas.
February 18, 2010 Agreement approved by City Council for Quality Excavation to extent the joint utility trench to the FAA navigational aids area.
March 1, 2010 Began runway paving.
March 31, 2010 Completed runway paving.

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St. George UT Parade of Homes 2013St. George, Utah Parade of Homes 2013

The St. George, Utah Parade of Homes 2013 that will be happening in February 2015 is expected to become the biggest and the best showcase event of homes in the 25 years that this event has been conducted. This event will showcase a total of 28 homes with more than 85,000 sq ft. of inspiration, innovation and ideas to help you build your dream homes.

Showcasing the St. George Real Estate Market

St. George, Utah was recently hailed as among the top ten real estate markets all over the United States according to the Wall Street Journal. Real estate experts have forecasted a growth in the real estate industry in the coming years, making this year the ideal year to purchase properties in the St. George Area.

The St. George, Utah Parade of Homes this 2013 is not all about looking for the perfect marketplace and gorgeous houses or about a great lifestyle, but it is about making your dream homes to come true. So do not miss this year’s parade of homes that will be happening in February. By attending the event, you will begin to understand why there are over 24,000 people that gathered on the same event last year.

All about the Event

This event is actually organized by SUHBA, or the Southern Utah Home Builders Association. The association represents the building industry business of the areas near Kane County, Washington County as well as San Juan County in the Southern area of Utah. The members of the organization are the main players in the construction industry in Utah and their mission is to build communities within the state and in the nearby areas. They make use of their education, community participation as well as advocacy in making their goals become a reality.

What Can You Expect At the Parade of Home in St. George, Utah?

You know historical Parade of Homes locations like Green Valley Resort at Las Palmas, Entrada Resort, and Sand Hollow Resort have been a big hit in subsequent years after participating in the event.

Houses located on St. George golf courses have been a hit in previous years.  Will they be this year?

We all have a dream to build our own house someday and this is not just a typical house, but a house that will give us the comfortable life that we truly deserve, but of course it is something that you can also afford, perhaps not today, but in the years to come. The goal of the St. George, Utah Parade of Homes 2013 is to help you realize this dream. Here, you get to see the latest décor and innovative building designs that construction experts will present to you.

This is the 23rd time that this event has been organized. You can expect to see 28 beautiful and elegant houses which are just built within the Washington county area. The homes will be opened to the public from 10am to 7pm and will close on the 24thof Feb at around 5PM. This ten day event is presented to you by the Southern Utah Home Builders Association (SUHBA) as well as the Zions Bank. For more information about the 23rd St. George, Utah Parade of Homes, contact the Southern Utah Home Builders Association by calling their number at (435)674-1400.

 

St. George, Utah Parade of Homes 2013

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