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design and construction administration services
Range Regional Airport

regional airport adds buildings to house equipment and entice new business

In 2007, Barr completed two building projects for the Range Regional Airport (formerly Chisholm-Hibbing Airport Authority) and continued our 20 year relationship with them. The preliminary design process began in 2006 on a snow-removal equipment (SRE) building and a speculative building, which will be named and completed according to a new tenant’s needs. Over and above the typical design, construction, and project management services, Barr coordinated with MN DOT aeronautics, the FAA, and local airport authority to plan for future infrastructure, taxiways, and additional building site locations in the airport business aviation park.

Barr teamed with a subconsultant to provide engineering and architectural design services for the 22,500-square-foot pre-engineered metal SRE building. Constructed for the airport maintenance department, most of the building is being used to store maintenance equipment; however, the building also includes an area for sand storage and a maintenance wash bay as well as a reception area, office, conference room, lunch/training room, public rest rooms, and a locker room for employees. During the course of construction, Barr modified the utility design and the access road design - specifically, the grade of the road for better drainage - to better suit the client’s current and future needs. In addition, we provided bidding and construction administration services, construction staking, and overall project management. The building design won a second-place award in the transportation category of American Buildings National Excellence in Design Competition for 2007.

The 30,000 square-foot speculative building was designed for construction in the airport business aviation park adjacent to the runway to enhance airport and regional business development. The new building’s location will allow for air transportation support and access in addition to the standard ground transportation. Barr provided structural, electrical, mechanical, and civil design engineering and planning, project management, construction administration, construction staking, and project close-out services while teaming with a local architect for architectural services. Structural design engineering included pre-cast concrete wall panels, structural steel roof joists and interior columns, and a glass curtain wall near the main entrance to create a professional-looking building with a functional layout. Although we encountered some unexpected issues regarding site work and utilities, our civil design engineering team readily addressed and resolved those issues. Electrical design engineering included all interior and exterior lighting and controls.