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truck is too large to fit through door to repair bay

grader blade is too large to fit through doorway

harsh weather on outdoor equipment compromises operations


Planning for a new Snow Removal Equipment Building began over two decades ago. It was clear that the existing shop, constructed in 1962, could no longer serve the equipment maintenance needs. The repair bays are not large enough to provide access for modern equipment, nor are there a sufficient number of bays to park valuable equipment indoors. This is detrimental to the equipment itself, and slows down operations, especially during snowstorms when the equipment is most needed.

When the Airfield Maintenance Building was constructed 45 years ago, the Juneau Airport was little more than a 5,000 ft runway and a modest passenger terminal. Today, the airport is a regional hub with an 8,500 ft. runway, parallel taxiway, float plane pond, and more than 30 acres of ramp, tie down space, and service roads. The growth in private and commercial air traffic has increased the need for airfield maintenance and equipment inventory. While funding for equipment has been reasonably successful, funding for the building to house and service the equipment has been more difficult, until now. Today, there is only room to store 20% of the airport's maintenance equipment indoors at the 40F degree environment recommended by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The new Snow Removal Equipment Building will allow all of the critical equipment to be serviced and stored indoors.

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