The Rich Heritage of the TechRidge Mesa
History has prepared the TechRidge mesa for what it has and will become, from its rock-solid formation millennia ago, to the pioneering spirit that enabled modern use. As TechRidge, this treasured site will continue to serve St. George as a center of innovation for generations to come.
The mesa’s natural inverted topography made it ideal for an airport, and the St. George Municipal Airport was dedicated here in 1940. At the time, building an airport at this location was a bold move, but one that served St. George well for many years.
Two runways begin operation with a windsock and beacon light
First airmail arrives in St. George;
outgoing airmail is delivered to the airport on horseback
Municipal airport is dedicated, runway is blacktopped, small terminal constructed
First passenger flights between St. George and Salt Lake City
Modern Regional airport terminal is built
Airport terminal is enlarged
Municipal airport is closed; new regional airport opened at current location
The former airport property once known as the “Ridgetop Complex” was pegged for redevelopment as homes, schools, and retail. But with that airport now closed, city leaders began to reinvision their plans for this striking mesa into a walkable community of high-tech businesses, shops, restaurants, and living space called TechRidge.
Mesa property used for concerts, races, firefighter and EMT training, trails, etc.
Dixie Tech builds out and uses existing airport terminal buildings while building new facility
The site is rezoned in
preparation for redevelopment
Developers are invited to submit RFQs for a development project on this property
TechRidge LLC is awarded the right to development this unique piece of property on this mesa.;
Development agreement finalized
with TechRidge, LLC
Vasion (formerly PrinterLogic) breaks ground on new building
busybusy relocates to
existing renovated hangar space
Vasion moves into new TechRidge building
Zonos begins operations in renovated FedEx hangar while awaiting new construction
Construction begins on the SkyView building, future home of Zonos and busybusy
Mesas are some of the most show-stopping natural features of the St. George area. Rising from the middle of our city, the TechRidge mesa is one of the most stunning.
It was formed between 2.3 million to 20,000 years ago, as lava from small volcanoes flowed into lower-lying valleys. The lava flows cooled and hardened into black lava rock called basalt, which now tops the mesa.
Because basalt is less prone to erosion than sandstone and shale, thousands of years of erosion lowered the surrounding red rock to become the new valley floor. This left the basalt-crested mesas standing higher than their surroundings.
One Bold Move Deserves Another
TechRidge is an evolution of the pioneering path Southern Utahns have traveled for 150 years. Click here to learn more about what’s happening now.
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475 S. Donlee Dr.
St. George Utah 84770