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Wausau airport building wins engineering award


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- The City of Wausau and a Wausau business were recognized for a unique building project.

The Wausau based engineering and architecture firm Becher-Hoppe Associates, Inc., and the City of Wausau have been recognized by the American Council of Engineers Companies of Wisconsin with a State Finalist Engineering Excellence Award for the building constructed at the Wausau Downtown Airport in 2012 to house snow removal equipment and the aircraft refueling truck.

Mayor Jim Tipple says normally, these two needs are served by separate buildings, but careful planning by Becher-Hoppe brought them into a single structure.  “By using a single building, which we got approval of, there was some cost savings and it made us more efficient because we don’t have a whole lot of space at the airport.”  Tipple added, “Only one building had to be put up, and we mitigated any potential safety issues that probably drive people to two different buildings.”

The first-of-its-kind project cost $774,324, with approximately 90% funding provided by the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program and Wisconsin Department of Transportation.