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AFCO Begins Construction of Midfield Cargo Compex at Baltimore-Washington International Airport

On February 29, 2000 construction began on the 60,000 s.f. cargo building, 330,000 s.f. of aircraft ramp/apron and approximately 55,000 s.f. of associated truck/auto parking of the first phase of the Midfield Cargo Complex (MCC) at Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Airport. Construction is scheduled to be completed at the beginning of 2001. Tenants of the new first-phase air cargo facility are expected to include BAX Global, Airborne Express, and Signature Flight Support. Construction of additional cargo facilities in Phase II of the MCC area is expected to commence during the fourth quarter of 2001 with a completion date during the third quarter of 2002. When fully developed the MCC may include as much as 358,000 s.f. of handling facilities, 808,000 s.f. of apron and additional truck, car and equipment parking.AFCO has operated Cargo Building E at BWI since 1995 and acquired Cargo Buildings B, C and F in August of 1999.Frank Chambers, President and CEO of AFCO, declared, “We are really...

AFCO Acquires Ground Lease to Develop Air Cargo Facility at Richmond International Airport

AFCO received approval from the Capital Region Airport Commission on AFCO’s purchase of rights to a 30-year ground lease from another developer at Richmond International Airport (RIC), Virginia. AFCO will develop a 51,000 square-foot air cargo facility in Cargo Area 6 of the Airport. The cross-dock air-freight trucking facility will include 41,000 square feet of cargo handling warehouse and 10,000 square feet of office space with tug road access to the apron. Construction will be completed in July of 2000. The facility is 60% pre-leased to BAX Global and HBI Priority Freight. The project was financed with Special Transportation Facility Industrial Revenue Bonds....

AFCO Acquires 4th Air Cargo Facility at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

AFCO completed the acquisition of a 35,000 square-foot air cargo facility at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) from Ray Balanos Properties. The facility was built in 1998 and includes 25,000 square feet of warehouse space, 10,000 square feet of office space and 57,000 square feet of landside parking and loading area. It is 100% leased by Airgo Freight, Inc., Golden Globe Transport and Petro Card Pacific Express. AFCO previously acquired two cargo facilities at Sea-Tac in 1995 and a third cargo facility in March of 1999. With the purchase of this 4th facility AFCO now owns and operates 152,000 square feet of warehouse and office space and 193,000 square feet of apron space at the Airport....

AFCO Acquires Three Cargo Buildings and Agrees to Further Development at Pittsburgh International Airport

AFCO will begin development and construction management services of a new Fixed Base Operation (FBO) in the Business Aviation Center to be built at Pittsburgh International Airport. The team of AFCO, led by Frank Chambers and American Port Services (AMPORT) was selected by Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1997 to develop the FBO. AMPORT of Teterboro, New Jersey is one of the largest private airport, seaport and automotive processing facilities operators in the United States and will be handling the leasing and management of the FBO. AFCO will be developing two hangars at the FBO and will oversee the construction of AMPORT development of the remaining FBO facilities. Baker and Associates of Caraopolis, Pennsylvania is the architect for the FBO, which will total over 107,000 square feet and include a passenger terminal, flex office building, 2 hangars and a vehicle maintenance facility. The site will also have 375,000 square feet of apron.  Construction will begin in the Fall of 1999 and...

AFCO Closes on Purchase and Development of Cargo Facilities at Baltimore-Washington International Airport

AFCO has finalized the purchase of Cargo Buildings B, C and F at the Air Cargo Complex (ACC) with the right to develop and operate the Midfield Cargo Complex (MCC) at Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Airport. Major tenants include Delta Air Lines, Emery Air Freight, Federal Express, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and the United States Postal Service. The first development in Phase I of the MCC area is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2001 and will include a minimum of a 60,000 square-foot cargo facility, 180,000 square feet of aircraft ramp/apron and associated truck/auto parking. The project will be phased with warehouse space expanding to 358,000 square feet, and ramp and additional parking space expanding to over 808,000 square feet. Construction of additional cargo facilities in Phase II of the MCC area is expected to commence during the fourth quarter of 2001 with a completion date during the third quarter of 2002.In January of 1999 AFCO was...

AFCO Acquires Air Cargo Facility at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

AFCO executed a contract for the purchase of a 24,000 square-foot air cargo facility at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac). The facility is used for the transfer and storage of cargo and the maintenance of ground support equipment (GSE). The facility, built in 1983, contains freezer and cooler space, freight scales, a fuel dispensing system for diesel and automotive gasoline, and multi-tenant warehouse and office space. The site contains an additional 14,000 square feet of outside GSE storage area and 800 square feet of outside loading dock.Airport Drayage Company, the building’s present owner, will be leaving the facility. A new lease has been finalized with SEATAC Express bringing the facility to 90% occupancy. Existing tenants include the United States Department of Agriculture and Southwest Airlines. Lease negotiations are continuing with other potential tenants.AFCO has operated two air cargo buildings totaling 104,000 square feet with 193,000 square feet of apron at the North Airfield Cargo Complex at Sea-Tac since 1995. Tenants include...

AFCO Acquires Air Cargo Facilities at Dayton International Airport

AFCO finalized the purchase of cargo facilities totaling over 125,000 square feet located at Dayton International Airport from the City of Dayton, Ohio. The buildings include a 35,000 square-foot sorting and distribution facility occupied by Federal Express, a warehouse and office building totaling 40,000 square feet currently occupied by Emery, MSAS and the U.S. Customs Service, and a 70,440 square foot warehouse and office building occupied by Federal Express, John V. Carr, Fritz Companies, LEP and Tower Group International. Emery, Federal Express and the U.S. Customs Service are currently tenants at other AFCO facilities throughout the United States. Both the 40,000 square-foot and 70,440 square-foot buildings can have their warehouse space expanded by 10,000 square feet....

AFCO Announces Opening of Air Cargo Facility at Albany International Airport

AFCO and the Albany County Airport Authority have opened a new air cargo facility at Albany County International Airport.  The 60,000 square-foot office and warehouse building has 200,000 square feet of rentable apron for six aircraft positions.  Construction of the building by the Airport Authority, based on plans developed by AFCO, began in January of 1998. Current tenants include Airborne Express, Federal Express and the United Parcel Service. 17,500 square feet remains available for leasing.  AFCO is responsible for the leasing, managing and marketing of the facility. Future plans call for an expansion of the warehouse to 100,000 square feet with additional apron.  An affiliate of AFCO entered into a 25-year Operating Agreement with the Albany County Airport Authority for the operation of the air cargo facility.  The initial phase of the project cost approximately $11,000,000. Financing was obtained through the use of Airport Revenue Bonds issued...

AFCO Kansas City Facility Receives Award

A new AGT&T facility at Kansas City International Airport developed by AFCO for Federal Express has received a 1997 Cornerstone Award from the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri for its positive contribution to the economy of Kansas City.  Moffatt, Nichol & Bonney, Inc. of Portland, Oregon is the Architect/Engineer for the project, and Walton Construction of Kansas City, Missouri is the General Contractor. Frank Chambers, President of AFCO, attended an awards luncheon in Kansas City on September 18, 1997 hosted by the Economic Development Corporation.  Kansas City Mayor Emanuel Cleaver, II recognized the award recipients. The AGT&T facility appeared in a slide presentation along with other recipients....

AFCO Announces Completion of Apron and Storage Area at Washington Dulles International Airport

AFCO has completed development and construction of a 315,000 square-foot new air cargo aircraft apron and Ground Support Equipment (GSE) storage area expansion at Washington Dulles International Airport's Cargo Building No. 5. Federal Express is leasing over 86,000 square feet of GSE storage area, and 144,000 additional square feet of apron and maneuvering area. United Airlines is leasing approximately 26,000 additional square feet of GSE storage area. The total apron at the facility can accommodate 10 wide-body aircraft or 15 narrow-body aircraft.This expansion is the third phase of development at the Dulles World Cargo Center. $3,000,000 in industrial development revenue bonds were issued by the Industrial Development Authority of Loudoun County, Virginia for the owning Partnership for constructing the apron and GSE storage area expansion and associated access roadway and vehicle parking. WEST*GROUP, Inc., of McLean, Virginia was the Construction Manager; Moffatt, Nichol & Bonney, Inc. of Portland, Oregon, who designed the original Cargo Building No. 5 facility provided the...