From left to right: Geoff Heck - Regional Vice President, Signature Flight Support; Mark Costa - Area Director, Signature Flight Support; Rosemarie S. Andolino - Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation; Maria Sastre - Chief Operating Officer, Signature Flight Support; John Manning - Principal, Kraus-Manning, Inc.; and Hank Mook - General Manager, Signature Flight Support Chicago O'Hare Facility.
Today, Signature Flight Support hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration at Signature’s new facility at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. In attendance were Maria Sastre, Chief Operating Officer of Signature Flight Support and Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino of the Chicago Department of Aviation.
The new Signature Flight Support FBO terminal provides support services to general aviation operators at O’Hare International Airport. The 9,150-square-foot, single-story, state-of-the art building contains a large lobby, management offices, a conference room, crew lounge, VIP lounge, Ground Support Equipment Maintenance Bay and supporting restroom and locker room facilities.
The Signature FBO is an environmentally-friendly facility that was designed and constructed under the guidelines of the Chicago Department of Aviation Sustainable Airport Manual. The project is expected to receive three green airplanes under the SAM rating and award system and is also expected to pursueLEED Silver Certification. The green elements include:
- Designated parking spaces for fuel efficient/low emitting vehicles
- Convenient access to public transportation options including bus and commuter rail
- A high albedo roofing membrane or “cool roof” on top of the terminal building that delivers high solar reflectance to help reduce heat island effect
- Water conserving plumbing fixtures within the building and native, drought-resistant landscaping around the exterior
- Energy efficient lighting and HVAC equipment
- Recycled or re-used building materials from previous FBO including fencing, cameras, signage and furniture
- Nearly 70 percent of building materials were obtained locally and feature environmentally friendly elements such as Low VOC paints, adhesives and sealants, as well as green label carpets and flooring
"Let it not be forgotten that business and general aviation opens the door to corporate and business investment in many communities, specifically in Chicago. When CEOs, CFOs, COOs, and business development teams invest in new markets or are creating new offices and factories, their first point of entry in Chicago will be this FBO location at Signature." - Maria Sastre, Chief Operating Officer, Signature Flight Support.
Signature Flight Support Corporation, a BBA Aviation plc company, is the world’s largest fixed-base operation (FBO) and distribution network for business aviation services. Signature services include fueling, hangar and office rentals, ground handling, maintenance and a wide range of crew and passenger amenities at strategic domestic and international locations. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Signature currently operates at more than 100 locations in the United States, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. For more information, please visit: www.signatureflight.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/signatureflightsupport. Follow Signature Flight Support on Twitter: SignatureFBO.
BBA Aviation plc is a leading global aviation support and aftermarket services provider with market leading businesses and attractive growth opportunities. BBA Aviation’s Flight Support businesses (Signature Flight Support®, ASIG® and Signature TECHNICAir™) are focused on refueling, ground handling and/or maintenance of business and commercial aviation aircraft. Its Aftermarket Services and Systems businesses (Dallas Airmotive, Premier Turbines, H&S Aviation, International Turbine Service®, Barrett Turbine Engine Company, International Governor Services, Ontic®, and APPH®) are focused on the repair and overhaul of jet engines and the manufacture and services of aerospace sub-systems and components. For more information, please visit www.bbaaviation.com.