Thursday, September 18, 2014

City moves down checklist as airport hangar project prepares to take flight

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 1/3/2014

An initiative to expand aircraft storage space at Ottawa’s municipal airport is taking wing.

Ottawa city commissioners at their study session Monday endorsed a proposal from the Ottawa Airport Advisory Board to hire Wichita-based Professional Engineering Consultants, P.A., with local offices in Topeka and Lawrence, to serve as the engineering consultant for the design and construction of additional T-hangar space at the municipal airport, 2178 Montana Road, southeast of Ottawa. The project is slated for construction in 2014, Andy Haney, the city’s public works director, told city commissioners Monday. The construction schedule has not been determined.

An initiative to expand aircraft storage space at Ottawa’s municipal airport is taking wing.

Ottawa city commissioners at their study session Monday endorsed a proposal from the Ottawa Airport Advisory Board to hire Wichita-based Professional Engineering Consultants, P.A., with local offices in Topeka and Lawrence, to serve as the engineering consultant for the design and construction of additional T-hangar space at the municipal airport, 2178 Montana Road, southeast of Ottawa. The project is slated for construction in 2014, Andy Haney, the city’s public works director, told city commissioners Monday. The construction schedule has not been determined.

Commissioners are expected to formally vote to hire Professional Engineering Consultants at their 7 p.m. meeting Wednesday at City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St., Ottawa. In November, the commission voted 5-0 to authorize city staff to apply for nearly $319,000 in Federal Aviation Administration grant funds to construct new T-hangars at the airport.

Jack Miller and Gene Ramsey, the chair and vice chair of the airport advisory board, told commissioners in November it was rare for the FAA to make funds available for T-hangar construction. They urged the commission to take advantage of the opportunity.

The airport has four T-hangars, all of which are being rented out to aircraft owners, Haney said previously.

The estimated cost of the project if completed as a 10-unit T-hangar building would be just under $800,000, Haney told commissioners in November. The project could be scaled back during the design phase, depending on available funding, city officials said.

The engineering consultant has worked with Ottawa city officials in the past, having designed the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

While PEC has not worked on any projects at the Ottawa airport, Haney said, the Wichita-based consultant firm has worked on engineering projects for other airports.

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