Arlington Airport submits plans to share larger office with WSDOT Aviation Division
August 27, 2008 · Updated 5:28 PM
ARLINGTON The Arlington Municipal Airport is a hotbed of development activity.
On Feb. 19, the Arlington City Council approved Arlington Airport Manager Rob Putnams letter of intent to the state of Washington to provide facilities for the Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Division.
To do so, the Arlington Airport has submitted plans to remodel its office, to add 7,077-square-feet of new space to its existing office space of 1,422-square-feet. Of the new total of 8,499-square-feet, 7,569-square-feet of new and existing space would be on the ground floor, while a new second floor of 930-square-feet would be added to the current single-story building.
According to Putnam, not only would this accommodate the WSDOT Aviation Division, but it would also offer more room for the Arlington Airport. The submitted plans would allocate 3,711-square- feet of the ground floor to the WSDOT Aviation Division, while the Arlington Airport would receive 1,801-square-feet of the ground floor and all 930-square-feet of the second floor. The remaining 2,056-square-feet on the ground floor would be set aside for common use areas.
Putnam has already received some suggested revisions from the state.
The preliminary plans called for a stairwell to be installed inside the existing part of the building, going through the roof, Putnam said. With the steel rafters, an exterior stairwell makes more sense, which also gets rid of the bump on the roof that you see in our preliminary plans.
In addition to affording the airport office more room for a pilots lounge and an information center, the proposed remodel would provide more filing and work spaces for the airport office, among other benefits.
Right now, weve got one office thats all filing cabinets, Putnam said. With the new upstairs, well be able to see all our runways.
The common areas will jointly benefit the airport office and the aviation division. Their receptionists will be seated right across from each other, so one will be able to cover for the other during lunch. The meeting room is roughly 30 feet by 31 feet, and while the aviation division will have priority over it during the day, the airport office will have priority during evenings and weekends.
Thats when most of our public meetings are held, Putnam said. Its not like either one of us holds constant meetings anyway.
Other planned amenities include an IT room and a kitchen, the latter available for lease by the aviation division, as well as common-use restroom and shower facilities and storage and janitorial facilities. In the letter of intent, Putnam submitted a lease rate of $6,714 per month for the aviation divisions space, plus $1,583 per month for their half of the common space, for a total rent of $8,297 per month.
This is about $1,500 more a month than theyre currently paying, Putnam said. We hope to be able to decrease their utility costs, though, possibly by getting a good Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building rating. You can get LEED points through measures like installing solar panels, recycling the metal off your roof, making sure your carpet type is environmentally friendly, implementing water conservation in restrooms and finding ways to save energy. Were looking to see which of those avenues might be viable options, especially since it apparently adds very little to the cost.
Putnams exploration of green building comes in the wake of city of Arlington Building Official Chris Young speaking about the importance of going green in city construction during a City Council retreat Jan. 26.
While Putnams preference is for a 10-year lease, he expects the initial term will be a five-year lease.