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San Juan sees ground broken for Modern hangar
Modern Aviation is raising two hangars at Isla Grande airport to meet the ever-growing demand for aircraft storage. They will be capable of holding heavy business jets that have previously had to remain on the ramp.
Representative Jose Pérez; senator William Villafañe; senator Gregorio Matías; governor of Puerto Rico Pedro Pierluisi; Modern Aviation CEO Mark Carmen; director of Isla Grande Airport Joel Piza; senator Nitza Morán; and representative José Pichy Torres Zamora.

Modern Aviation has broken ground on a new $17 million hangar development project at Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci airport (Isla Grande airport) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The project includes the construction of two 24,000 sq ft hangars with 28 ft high doors capable of accommodating the largest business jets. The hangars are being constructed to withstand adverse weather like severe hurricanes and even earthquakes with a geo-pier foundation system and will utilise energy efficient lighting and mechanical systems. Modern expects the first hangar to be completed in Q4 2023 and the second hangar in Q1 2024.

Modern Aviation hosted a groundbreaking ceremony attended by Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi and Puerto Rico Ports Authority executive director Joel Pizá-Batiz.

“Every time we celebrate a new beginning like this one, we reaffirm the very best of what our island has to offer the entire world: productivity, experience, expertise, fighting spirit, resiliency, vision, discipline and the hope for a better future for our families and our community. As Governor of Puerto Rico and on behalf of all our people, I want to express to all of you at Modern Aviation - employees, associates, contractors, managers, owners and customers - my heartfelt congratulations and appreciation for your enterprising vision in the improvement and expansion of these facilities, which are about to commence,” says Governor Pierluisi.

“We're counting on you, and you can count on my administration and me for the support you might need, now and in the future, in what we are all certain will be a very successful endeavour in the years to come,” adds Pierluisi.

For his part, Pizá-Batiz praised the groundbreaking event and says he considers it a new chapter in Modern Aviation's time-tested relationship with Puerto Rico. He says: “The Puerto Rico Ports Authority is fully supportive of projects aligned with this government's public policy of maximising the utilisation of our assets by seeking the expansion of airport infrastructure and the services provided therein. In that spirit, it is with utmost joy that we welcome Modern Aviation's newest project of raising hangars at the Isla Grande airport to meet the ever-growing demand for aircraft storage.”

Modern Aviation CEO Mark Carmen says: “We are very excited to be launching this new project. These two additional hangars will be the first hangars at the airport capable of holding heavy business jets, which have previously had to remain on the ramp. Modern's FBO at Isla Grande has numerous advantages for private jet customers, including the ability to drive on the ramp to and from their aircraft and the easiest access from the main roads in San Juan of any FBO in the area.”

The project is being led by project manager Colorado-based Business Aviation Group in partnership with general contractor Desarrollos Metropolitanos, AIR Architects and inspector Felix Reach, all of whom are based in San Juan.

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