AFCO Awarded Project to Finance, Design and Build a Central Receiving and Distribution Center at the San Diego International Airport

AFCO Awarded Project to Finance, Design and Build

January 2012

Aviation Facilities Company, Inc. (AFCO) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract and issued a formal notice to proceed to finance, design and build a Central Receiving and Distribution Center (CRDC) on behalf of the San Diego Regional County Airport Authority (Authority) at the San Diego International Airport in San Diego, California.

The 21,000 square foot facility, estimated to cost $8.5 million, will serve as a modern, efficient and environmentally friendly, logistics, storage and distribution center for goods, supplies and products for all of the terminal concession operations at the airport and will be built on approximately 1.5 acres on the north side of the airport.  The CRDC project will be a key component to the Authority’s new concession program at the airport.

Positive Impact on Community

“The Central Receiving and Distribution Center will be an integral part of the airport’s future,” said Thella Bowens, President/CEO of the Airport Authority.  “It will make the airport run more efficiently, more securely and keep trucks off busy Harbor Drive.  It’s a benefit for both the airport and the community.”

The CRDC project will include raised platforms and loading docks, delivery areas, security screening area, dry/cold freezer storage, offices and associated infrastructure.  The facility will also be built to a LEEDS Silver standard.  The Authority has committed to lease the facility over a 20-year period.

“We are honored to have been selected and entrusted by the Authority as the developer of this high profile project, said Chuck Stipancic, AFCO’s President and CEO.  “We recognize that this is the first time that the Authority has considered the private sector to finance and develop an essential facility at the airport and we appreciate, and do not take lightly, the confidence the Authority has placed in us to ensure its successful completion.”

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AFCO was selected by the Authority as part of a competitive Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposal process which was conducted in May and July of 2011.  Construction is expected to begin in early 2012 and the project is projected to be completed and operational by December 2012.


Chuck Stipancic, President & CEO


AFCO is a recognized leader in the development, management and operation of airports and airport infrastructure.  With broad capabilities and deep experience, AFCO provides an unparalleled level of service and value to its clients including airports, municipalities, commercial and cargo airlines, freight forwarders and a wide variety of other airport users.