Sheltair Aviation has selected BDG Construction and AECOM to manage the design and build their multimillion dollar new hangar construction project that will break ground early this fall at Republic Airport, East Farmingdale, New York, some 35 miles east of Manhattan.

Reviewed and approved by state transportation officials and reflecting the pro-business policies of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, Sheltair intends to build as much as 210,000 square feet of hangar space to accommodate the latest large corporate jets whose fuel efficient designs and overall size require higher and wider facilities. The FBO currently operates a 66,000 square foot facility that, while thoroughly modernized, was originally built during World War II for the manufacturing of P-47 Thunderbolts.

“We are delighted to be able to partner with two extremely reputable and established leaders in their respective fields,” stated Todd Anderson, Sheltair Senior Vice President for Real Estate and Development. “AECOM is an internationally recognized expert in the field of infrastructure engineering, and BDG Construction, based on Long Island, has built a broad spectrum of commercial and aviation space throughout the New York metropolitan region, perhaps one of the most challenging places in the nation to break ground. We know we have a winning team and we are looking forward to starting construction soon.”

Warren Kroeppel, Sheltair’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) reminded, “This aviation construction project is a significant financial commitment by Sheltair that reflects our confidence in Governor Cuomo’s decision to make New York far more business friendly and his commitment to specifically assist general aviation by approving a number of tax exemptions for this sector of the economy.”

Anderson further noted, “This project will enable Sheltair to offer its clients brand new 21st century, state-of-the-art facilities that will able to best meet the needs of current and future general aviation aircraft. It also underscores the role of Republic Airport as an efficient and convenient New York destination for corporate America. Our recently signed contracts with BDG Construction and AECOM are proof positive of our faith in the future of our leadership role in New York.”

BDG Construction Vice President Brad Blumenfeld stated, “We are delighted to have been selected to be part of the Sheltair team. Having built many technically complex facilities elsewhere in New York we know this is an exacting assignment requiring close attention to detail, strict adherence to regulations and tight deadlines. It’s great to see facilities like this going up in the region, it’s a sign that the economy is has legs.”

"AECOM is proud to be the designer as part of this powerful team of Sheltair and BDG Construction whose combined efforts will significantly strengthen the ability of Republic Airport to welcome a new generation of corporate jets to Long Island,” said AECOM’s Jennifer Rimmer, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Long Island lead. “Their arrival will create new business opportunities that will further strengthen this dynamic market."

About Sheltair

Sheltair, a privately-owned aviation development company, operates 16 premier FBOs and manages over three million square feet of aviation related properties throughout Florida, Georgia and New York. Sheltair services include fueling, ground handling, hangar and office leasing and turn-key design/build of aviation properties. For more information visit us at and follow us on twitter.


AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies had revenue of approximately $18 billion during the 12 months ended September 30, 2015. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at and @AECOM.

About BDG

BDG Construction has constructed complex shopping centers, office buildings, medical facilities, and industrial centers. In addition, BDG also has great experience in rehabilitating/redeveloping and repositioning projects to fit the technologies and markets of today, as can be noted in the redevelopment projects of BDG Headquarters and Bulova Corporate Center. By working closely with architects, engineers, designers and contractors, BDG plans and executes the building of a project efficiently and punctually. BDG’s greatest strength comes from understanding client’s needs and recognizing the importance of being a detail-oriented team and catching things early. Therefore, throughout the predevelopment and construction phases of a project, BDG continuously communicates to the client, updating them on budgeting, scheduling and progress.


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