Airport Sustainability Master Plan
Airport Terminal Renovation
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Planning for a new Snow Removal Equipment Building began over a decade 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.
Addition or New?
Prudent planning considers the possibility of adding onto a building before replacing it. When this analysis was completed for the airfield maintenance building, it was unanimously rejected for two reasons: the high cost of adding on v. new, and the problematic location of the existing facility. Many buildings and airport functions (such as commuter/charter plane parking) have grown up around the maintenance facility. It no longer has immediate and unobstructed access to the runway and parallel taxiway for the snow removal operations.
Additionally, the Sand and Chemical Storage Shed, a facility whose functions are inherently tied to airfield maintenance, is located remotely from the maintenance building in another area that no longer makes sense when assessing the highest and best use of airport lands. Constructing these two new facilities in immediate proximity to one another, and consolidating other miscellaneous airfield maintenance facilities onto a new site is cost effective and will allow significant operational efficiencies.
By 2003, the Airport Board had received planning funds to proceed with developing an architectural program for the new facility, and to specify a feasible location for new Airfield Maintenance Facilities on the airport property. USKH, Inc. was hired to perform the services. The Conceptual Design Report is the basis for work the design and construction project that will begin in 2008.
In 2007, DOWL, Inc. began working on the Runway Safety Area Improvements project that will provide fill material for the site of the new Snow Removal Equipment Building. This project will preceed the construction of the new maintenance facility, providing a site that is ready to build on. Preliminary design drawings illustrate the site location and general section of fill.