FAA honors city of Orofino for airport project
An airport improvement project in Orofino, partially funded through ITD’s Division of Aeronautics, received an award for project management and planning during the annual Northwest Mountain Region’s Airport Conference in Seattle, April 21-23.
The award was given “In recognition of superior project management in planning and completing major airport improvements to enhance safety and increase efficiencies for the aviation community.” Donna Taylor, Northwest Mountain Region division manager, and Carol Key, Seattle Airports district office manager, presented the award for “doing the most for the least effort.”
The city of Orofino received a $1.1 million Airport Improvement Program grant in April 2007 as part of a major reconstruction project at the municipal airport. ITD and the city provided matching funds for the federal grant.
City officials issued a contract to S&S Contractors of Lapwai to complete four major components in a relatively short timeframe of 45 days. The construction company began the airport improvements June 1, 2007, and completed them six weeks later, on July 15.
Contractors also installed a new, lighted windsock.
Riedesel Engineering provided the design and construction management for the project.
The award acknowledges the city’s commitment to the needed airport improvements, which also included a similar project in 2004 for the realignment and reconstruction of the airport’s parallel taxiway.
All of the improvements were in accordance with the updated Airport Layout Plan – Narrative Report, an airport planning process that was completed in 2003.
“The project, completed within the city’s timeframe, was also completed below the engineer’s original cost estimate,” according to city officials. “…The city of Orofino has expressed its appreciation to FAA’s Northwest Mountain Regional office, the Idaho Division of Aeronautics, S&S Contractors and Riedesel Engineering for their combined assistance and guidance throughout the entire project.”
Orofino’s small municipal is nestled in the scenic Clearwater Valley and parallels both U.S. 12 and the Clearwater River. The region is a popular destination for hunters, fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts.
City Administrator Rick Laam accepted the award on behalf of the city council.