Named for Nebraska’s most famous aviatrix, Evelyn Sharp—an accomplished pilot and early member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots—Evelyn Sharp Field in Ord, Nebraska, was in need of both a new general aviation terminal and a new T-hangar. The Valley County Airport Authority selected Olsson Associates in 2012 to design the necessary improvements and oversee construction.
Olsson recommended constructing one building that combined both the terminal and the T-hangar. Such a design would reduce costs and require a smaller site.
Built in 2014, the new, 6-place T-hangar has Higher Power Hydraulic Doors, which are specialized hangar doors that are self-supporting. Each door creates a 44.5-feet-by-14-feet clear opening to each hangar unit. The terminal is approximately 1,600 square feet and is located within the corner unit of the T-hangar. Also included in the building design was an additional 15-foot building extension.
As part of its services, Olsson updated the airport’s Airport Layout Plan and was instrumental in obtaining a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant and a Nebraska Department of Aeronautics (NDA) loan for the single building.
Also included in the design were concrete taxilanes, hangar ramps, and a parking lot. Further, Olsson’s site design improved drainage on the airport.