Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Linda Van Hoosen, Communications
Just a few years ago, Farrington Field in Auburn, Nebraska, was a quiet, small-town airport in need of significant improvements. Today, the airfield is a full-service, state-of-the-art facility with a paved runway, modern terminal, and a first-class hangar. Olsson Associates’ Airport team assisted the Auburn Airport Authority in making the improvements.
“Our services for the project encompassed assisting the airport with Federal Aviation Administration [FAA] grants, survey, environmental, geotechnical, design, lighting, bidding, construction observation, and construction testing,” said Tom Trumble, team leader for Olsson’s Airport team.
Requests for paving the runway date back to 1983. The Olsson team became involved with the project in 2008. Olsson assisted the city and the Auburn Airport Authority in purchasing land needed for the project. In 2010, Olsson constructed the airport’s modern terminal building followed by a hangar and ultimately a 3,750-foot concrete paved runway. The firm’s work also ensured that the airport will have all weather instrument approaches in the near future.
The project cost approximately $3 million. Most of the funding came from FAA grants, the Nebraska Department of Aeronautics, and the City of Auburn. The Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) provided additional funds to construct the runway to a length that accommodates their aircraft. NPPD anticipates making regular visits to the Auburn airport to support their power plant at Brownville, Nebraska.
The city celebrated the improvements with a grand opening and an air show last October. More than 100 people attended the festivities. Tom Trumble emceed the air performances, which featured local pilots.
To see video of the construction and finished runway provided by The Nemaha County Herald, click here.