The Augusta Regional Airport (AGS) maintains a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) designed to advance the overall mission of the airport by planning, designing and building infrastructure to meet the airport's current and future needs. Key goals are to maintain safe and efficient airport operations. In 2011 AGS has embarked on a $21 Million budgeted Capital Improvement Program. Some of the key recent or pending capital expenditures include:
Fixed Base Operator (FBO) Facility and General Aviation (GA) Terminal
Proposed Completion Date: Spring 2012
Construction Value: $5,045,461.00
Description: The Fixed Base Operations (FBO) building is in its final stages of construction. The building was opened for operations on Monday, June 25, 2012. The new FBO building includes a 14,000 square foot terminal, new parking for general aviation passengers and much more! The airport has invited several local artists to display some of their art inside the new terminal including Mr. Dave Welter and Linda Hartough. Some of the artwork around the terminal was donated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
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Long and Short Term Parking Lots
Proposed Completion Date: Winter 2013
Construction Value: $4,310,823.10
Description: As a result of the continued growth in passenger traffic using the Augusta Regional Airport, there was a great need to expand the existing short and long term parking lots. On a recurring basis, the existing parking lots were at full occupancy necessitating the use of inconvenient and inadequate overflow lots.
Upon completion of the short and long term parking lots, Augusta Regional Airport now has 1026 passenger parking spaces.
The final stage of this construction project consists of the completion of the rental car ready return lot. This stage is expected to be completed winter of 2013.
Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) Improvements
Proposed Completion Date: Winter, 2013
Construction Value: $250,000.00
Description: As a result of the growth of the operations at the airport, the Airport Fire Department must grow to meet the demands.
A new larger ARFF Vehicle was delivered in the Fall of 2012.
Planned improvements to the station include a new vehicle bay; infrastructure to "top-load" ARFF vehicles with water and foam; a new training room and new offices.
In addition to the building upgrades, improvements to the exterior pavement are also required.
General Perry Smith Parkway (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax-SPLOST) Project
Proposed Completion Date: Spring, 2013
Construction Value: $4,100,000.00
Description: The primary goal of this project will be to provide the needed infrastructure to develop a roadway into the southeast quadrant of the Airport. This will allow emergency and airport operations vehicles access to the south side of the airport in the event of potential disasters or accidents or for on-going maintenance of the property.
The new roadway and infrastructure will also open airport property for potential development opportunities. The lack of access to this side of the Airport has been an impediment in bringing aviation related companies to the Airport.
The primary tasks associated with this project will include:
1. Land Acquisition of approximately 52 acres
2. An Enviromental Assessment associated with the project to ensure there are no enviromentally related issues
3. Construction of roadway and infrastructure
Funding: SPLOST is the only source of funds that the Airport can use without burdening Airport users and adversely affecting airline service to Augusta-Richmond County. There are eligibility and priority issues associated with federal funding and the existing Airport Financial Plan has programmed federal and state grants for renovation of existing pavement and facilities.