A major renovation and expansion project was undertaken in early 2003 to re-fit Hangar 101 at the Griffiss Business & Technology Park for use by Empire Aero Center. The expansion included 43,000 S.F. x 90 foot high additions to two hangars, with 240' wide x 70' high doors to accommodate 747 aircraft. Systems upgrades were incorporated to allow aircraft painting operations in the third hangar. The project was constructed utilizing a design/build approach. MARCH Associates was the project architect. Empire Aero Center employs more than 100 people at the aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul operation.