However, final approval is awaiting a review of a proposed change to the
The TAA board approved a resolution Tuesday to change the standards, pending a final review by the airport executives by
TAA board Treasurer
"I think it's fair to say we want to get this done. We think this is a great opportunity," Fell said.
"We're very encouraged by the board members' unanimous vote and their stated support to get this hangar built," Melvin said.
The hangar, which could be erected in as little as six months, is key to the company's expansion plans, Melvin said. Its partly translucent roof will save on lighting costs and provide workers with abundant, natural light, he said.
The company has a strong relationship with
"Certainly it's a competitive industry, but we've had very good success in retaining highly skilled and motivated employees," he said.
Melvin said the wages Ascent pays mechanics are in line with industry standards. According to the
The planned hangar will be about 45,000 square feet -- larger than Ascent's two existing hangars -- and will fit two jetliners at once. The hangar is expected to cost about
At Tuesday's board meeting
Sakrison -- a former TAA board member -- told the board there may have been some miscommunication that the fabric-roofed hangar would be some sort of temporary structure, though the 25-foot-tall walls and much of the rest of the hybrid structure is steel.
TAA CEO and President
In August, the authority board approved the framework of a 12-year lease extension with three, five-year options subject to final negotiations.
The expansion will give the company more room to work on an expanding range of planes it is certified to repair and maintain, Melvin said.
Ascent is awaiting final
"The size of this hangar will give us a whole new entry into a stable business, a business that definitely matches the Tucson environment very well," Melvin said.
The new certification is seen as a key to growth in business from
Ascent's local architect,
The hangar would be built by
The architectural membrane, made of polyester fabric clad in PVC plastic, is sunlight-stable, fire-retardant and expected to last 25 years, Rubb CEO
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