Wed, Mar 11, 2009
Former Building Damaged In 2007 Storm
For the better part of two decades,
the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in South Carolina
has been fighting an uphill image battle. For years, it was known
as the Greenville-Spartanburg Jetport.
Around 1990, a coordinated effort was made to get the locals to
call it by its FAA identifier, GSP... thought to be a more
sophisticated-sounding name. Locals responded by joking it would
more accurately be called "the Greenville-Spartanburg Propeller
A more recent blow to the airport's image was dealt by a 2007
rainstorm, which collapsed the roof of the general aviation
terminal. In what probably should have become a Jeff Foxworthy
joke, Stevens Aviation, the field's FBO, was forced to move out of
the unsafe building into... a trailer.
Things are finally looking up. The Spartanburg Herald-Journal
reports the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport Commission Monday
awarded a contract valued at $1.25 million dollars to JonScot
General Contractors of Greenville for construction of a new, 5,000
square-foot GA terminal. It will even have some thoroughly modern
touches, using mostly recycled materials in construction, and
incorporating rainwater collectors, day lighting and a solar water
GSP Spokeswoman Rosylin Weston observes, "For some of our
customers, this is their first impression of the Upstate and we
want to make it a good one."
In addition to providing the airport with a facelift, the
construction jobs will be welcome. Construction is expected to
start by April 1, and be completed by year's end.
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