SEH has garnered the Minnesota Council of Airports (MCOA) 2019 Project of the Year Award for its airfield lighting work on the Backus Municipal Airport in the City of Backus, Minnesota. The Project of the Year Award recognizes “exemplary work in the growth and development of aviation in Minnesota,” as well as “significant improvement to airport operations.”
“It’s exciting to receive the MCOA’s 2019 Project of the Year Award, and to see the City rewarded for its investments in key airport infrastructure,” said SEH Project Manager Shawn McMahon. “Backus Municipal Airport is already known as a premier turf landing strip destination, and these new investments have further increased residents’ interests in basing their aircrafts at the airport.”
SEH provided critical repairs and renovations to the airport’s landing strip. Specifically, the project team replaced an unreliable lighting system with new, state-of-the-art LED lighting. The new lighting system has decreased operations and maintenance expenses for the airport, provided major safety improvements for based and transient aircraft, and spurred growth for the airport.
In addition to these efforts, the SEH project team coordinated a fuel system replacement, terminal rehabilitation and renovation, and fencing improvements. Currently, SEH is working with the City to develop a long-term Airport Master Plan in order to capture the excitement around these new projects and to make room for new hangars and based aircraft. These projects utilized 90 percent project support from the Minnesota Department of Transportation – Aeronautics.
“At SEH, we take a holistic approach to each of our airport projects,” McMahon continued. “Ultimately, this means we take great pride in the level of involvement and client service we provide – from well before shovels hit the ground until long after. We’re extremely proud to see these efforts pay off with the Backus Municipal Airport.”
Located 160 miles north of Minneapolis, Backus Municipal Airport has a turf runway length of 3,588 feet and a width of 145 feet – creating year-round ability for many different types of recreational and light business aircraft to easily access and visit the Northcentral Minnesota region.