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Airport Commission breaks ground on new facility

The facility will be used as an airport rescue and firefighting station as well as snow removal equipment storage.

Design rendering of new building
Site preparation is underway for a new airport rescue and firefighting station and snow removal equipment storage and maintenance facility at Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport.
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BRAINERD — Site preparation is underway for a new airport rescue and firefighting station and snow removal equipment storage and maintenance facility at Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport.

The facilities will be centrally located on the airfield to allow for optimum rescue response and efficient maintenance operations to both runways located at the airport.

Mead & Hunt is serving as the design team, while Hy-Tec Construction of Brainerd is the general contractor.

A line of people stand holding shovels
Staff and commission members at Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport, along with contractors on the project, break ground for a new airport rescue and firefighting station and snow removal equipment storage and maintenance facility Thursday, May 5, 2022.
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“The Airport is grateful for local contractors that are working together to maximize the use of local resources to achieve national aeronautical standards,” Airport Director Steve Wright said in a news release.

The new facility is the first project listed in a 20-year airport master plan that considers the safe and economic growth of the airport from the current building and hangar complex to the newest runway. Funding for the facility is primarily through a Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act grant issued through the Federal Aviation Administration, and administered by the Minnesota Department of Transportation-Office of Aeronautics.

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Local residents and lakes area visitors should be mindful of construction activities as they travel Highway 210 past the airport this summer. Construction of the facility is slated to be completed toward the end of May 2023.

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