In case of snow, airport has you covered
I know we are behind the eight-ball, but what is that huge structure going in at the airport? We go by it on Bullock Road often and keep wondering.
— Sharon, D., Medford
It's easy to lose track of all the goings-on at the Medford airport, especially with the Oregon Department of Transportation preparing to punch the bypass through along the former Medco Haul Road on the east side.
What you're seeing is a snow-removal equipment building so that in those rare times when snow threatens airport operations, crews can easily clear runways for commercial and private aircraft. Funding for the $7.16 million addition to the airport came from the FAA Airport Improvement Program Grant, a ConnectOregon V grant, and airport revenue.
Jackson County Airport Authority applied to build the 35,957-square-foot structure last June and the permit was issued by the city of Medford on Sept. 23, 2015.
S&B James Construction Management of White City was awarded the contract to build the single-story structure, including offices, near the south end of Runway 32, adjacent to the existing cargo buildings. M&H Architecture of Portland designed the building.
Building pads, footings and storm drains were done during the winter, followed by the prefabricated metal construction you've noticed. The project is due to be completed in August.
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