Minnesota Council of Airports (MCOA) awarded two SEH projects with the prestigious "2020 Project of the Year" award at its annual meeting held virtually on July 14, 2021. Baudette International Airport (City of Baudette, Minnesota) and Duluth Sky Harbor Airport (City of Duluth, Minnesota) earned this special recognition.
Baudette International Airport
The City of Baudette/Lake of the Woods County Airport Commission and SEH won in the category of Key General Aviation Airport as a result of the team’s effort to reconstruct the airport's sole runway. The innovative design cut construction costs by 25% and halved overall construction time.
Our team’s innovative thinking and collaboration from planning to construction made this complex project a huge success. It was completed on schedule, significantly under budget and with zero safety issues.
SEH planning and engineering staff and the City of Baudette/Lake of the Woods County Airport Commission developed a funding strategy to reconstruct the airport's sole runway by working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) through a comprehensive master planning process. This strategic and creative funding plan helped expedite reconstruction of the $6.7 million runway to coincide with the replacement of an international bridge adjacent to the airport and led to the airport receiving 100% funding for its project.
The airport serves the general aviation transportation needs of northern Minnesota, key regional industries and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The airport also provides critical medivac support as well as customs and border protection capability for arriving/departing aircraft.
Duluth Sky Harbor Airport
Duluth Airport Authority and SEH received top honors in the Intermediate General Aviation Airport category for the Runway 14/32 Realignment project.
We’re thrilled with the results of a decade-plus of engaging community conversations and stakeholder relations. Combine this with innovative engineering and construction solutions and it’s a win for aviation, the community and the natural environment.
By creating 7 acres of new land to support the rotation of an airport runway into an adjacent bay to protect rare forestland, this extraordinary project required more than 10 years of complex public engagement, environmental review, permitting and mitigation, as well as three stages of construction.
Congratulations to all for an excellent showing at this year's MCOA awards!