Atlantic Aviation broke ground on a 30,000-square-foot "high-end" hangar on the west side of the Long Beach Airport airfield. Courtesy of Atlantic Aviation.

Atlantic Aviation, an aeronautical services provider at Long Beach Airport, broke ground Thursday on a $14 million “high-end” hangar at the facility, officials announced.

The project includes a 30,000-square-foot hangar and 3,000-square-foot adjoining office near the company’s existing facilities on the west side of the airfield near Wardlow Road.

“This groundbreaking is a significant milestone for Atlantic Aviation, and one we’ve been working toward for several years,” Brian Corbett, chief commercial and sustainability officer for the company, said in a statement. “We’re proud to continue our investment in the Long Beach aviation community and to support our team’s growth ambitions.”

The project is a major step toward the company’s goal of carbon-neutral operations, Corbett added.

The sustainable design will feature rooftop solar panels over 38,000 square feet of hangars, which will generate an estimated 1.1 million kilowatts of energy per year. Combined with other solar projects recently completed by Aeroplex Group Partners and ongoing installations by the city, solar will account for about 70% of the electricity used by airport facilities, according to the announcement.

Located at 3250 Airflite Way, the company provides ground handling, fuel, hangar facilities and office space for business and general aviation.

A rendering of the street view of the new “high-end” hangar under construction at Long Beach Airport by Atlantic Aviation. Courtesy of Atlantic Aviation.

The development also includes plans for a “large-scale public work of art” with an aviation theme—a recommendation from the Globemaster Corridor Specific Plan, which outlines development standards for the area.

The project is slated for completion during the first quarter of 2024, with construction being managed by Aeroplex/Aerolease Group, an aviation property development, consulting and management firm that also holds a lease at the airport.

“We are proud to work with Atlantic Aviation on this job-creating and sustainably minded project,” Airport Director Cynthia Guidry said in a statement. “It’s great to see Atlantic Aviation really double down on investing in the future of their business at Long Beach Airport.”

Brandon Richardson is a reporter and photojournalist for the Long Beach Business Journal.