Scottsdale Hanger One

Project Description:

General Contractor: Sundt Construction
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Year Completed: 2003
Architect: Swaback Partners, LLC
Engineer: Swaback Partners, LLC
Design Phase Services: Mechanical HVAC and Plumbing Subcontractor

Scottsdale Hangar One is a privately owned, five building hangar complex and flight club located at the Scottsdale Airpark. The approximately 140,000 square foot facility can accommodate up to fifteen aircraft in its two 30,000 square foot hangars.

A 108 ft long aluminum “paper” airplane adorns the roof. Interior spaces are luxuriously furnished with custom fixtures, upholstered ceilings, exotic stone and terrazzo floorings, mahogany, ebony and other rare woods; silk and wool carpeting; Onyx wall panels, and top –of-the-line building automation and audio visual systems. An approximately 68,500 square foot multipurpose facility adjoins the hangars and includes below-grade parking, premium office space and entertainment space.

Projects Highlights:

Bennett Dorrance is beaming. He’s leading guests through his $20 million private hangar club under construction at Scottsdale Airpark, and the 9-inch-thick concrete floor is only hours old.

The pour of 500 cubic yards of concrete started 14 hours earlier, and the finished surface is smooth as silk.

The hangar is the first of two at Dorrance’s Scottsdale Hangar One, a private aviation club with a head-turning design expected to set a new standard, even for Scottsdale.

The most visual piece of its architecture will be a 108-foot-long sculpture that resembles a paper airplane installed above one of the hangars.

The facility will have space for a maximum of 15 private aircraft. Most parking for cars will be inside or underground. There also will be a restaurant reserved for members and their guests, and a storage area for Dorrance’s collector cars.

The club’s membership will depend on the size of aircraft, because Dorrance only has 45,000 square feet of hangar space.

“Ten to 15,” is Dorrance’s estimate, “but if we get all Gulfstreams, it could be five or six.”

Hangar One, on 5 acres at 15220 N. 78th Way, has another 55,000 square feet of space for aircraft maintenance, administration, indoor parking, the restaurant and the car storage space.

Dorrance, whose family founded the Campbell Soup Co. in the 1880s, is a managing director of DMB Associates.

He is listed with a net worth of $1.5 billion by Forbes’ magazine’s 2002 report on the world’s richest people.

Hangar One is a private project prepared by Dorrance and his wife, Jacquie. Since he received his pilot’s license in 1965, Dorrance has logged about 5,000 hours.
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Dorrance declined to release information about his aviation club’s prospective members, initiation and membership fees, or anything related to the property’s security or his members’ privacy.

To design Hangar One, Dorrance turned to Swaback Partners in Scottsdale and international designer Adam Tihany in New York City.

He hired Sundt Construction as the contractor. Work started in March, and completion is planned in June or July 2003.