Olsson Associates


Olsson’s Alma airport “Project of the Year” delivers on services

Monday, June 23, 2014

Gabrielle Lazaro, Communications

For accommodating the airport’s current needs and keeping a watchful eye for what it will need in the future, the Olsson team was recently awarded the Nebraska Department of Aeronautics’ 2013 “Project of the Year” for its work on Alma Municipal Airport’s Runway 17/35. This $2 million paving and lighting project was completed in August 2013, ahead of schedule, under budget, and with no change orders.

 For the runway project, Olsson provided design, bidding, and construction observation services. Prior to the runway construction, Olsson’s land acquisition services included a legal survey, environmental site assessment, coordination with appraisers, and a topographical survey.

The project also included the following amenities:

  • Runway pavement of an existing turf strip
  • Connecting taxiway pavement
  • Turnarounds at each runway end
  • Tree removal and trimming
  • County road regrading to provide adequate approach clearance
  • Property fence
  • Medium intensity runway and taxiway lights
  • Retro-reflective markers on the turnarounds
  • Rotating beacon
  • Lighted wind cone with segmented circle
  • Electrical vault work

Bids for the runway project were opened in July 2012 and were 21 percent under the estimate, which allowed for an alternate bid to be funded.

Olsson has provided engineering services for the Alma Municipal Airport since 2006. Various projects completed there have included apron and taxiway paving; environmental site assessment, and assistance with land acquisition.

Design of Runway 17/35 actually began in 2007 when Olsson was planning for a connecting taxiway at the airport. Olsson designed the taxiway to match the grade of an adjacent, future runway pavement. Olsson then surveyed the existing grass runway, which would become paved Runway 17/35, in anticipation of this issue. Olsson commonly looks ahead to long-term improvements, to minimize future construction issues.

Click here to watch a video showing what went into constructing this airport runway.

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