Madras Hangar Project Underway


This past March Jefferson County Building Department issued a permit for the Madras Hangar construction project slated to be approximately four stories tall (55 feet high) at a cost of
$2.1 million.

The building is designed by Charlie Rowles of C A Rowles Engineering based in Bend and is being constructed by Contractor-Havniear Construction, Larry Havniear, Owner.  Other contractors include Civil Design & Lead Contract Consultant-HHPR Inc, Bend, Kim Shera, PEm, Project Manage.

While the owner of the project is the City of Madras under the direction of City Administrator Mike Morgan, the tenant will be Butler Aircraft Company owned by Travis Garnick based in Redmond that will use the hangar as their new heavy aircraft service and maintenance facility. For example the large DC -7 fire retardant bombers that the company uses to help fight forest fires will be maintained at the facility.

Recently the first concrete was poured and Rowles said, “I went to the first concrete pour to specifically observe the placement of concrete using a polymer fiber mesh reinforcing in the slab. This was used instead of placing the more conventional rebar reinforcing, which allowed for a reduction in the construction schedule of approximately 5 to 7 days of labor for laying the rebar, not to mention the ease of placing the concrete. Also, this slab is the largest known radiant heated floor system in Central Oregon at 33,000 square feet.”

Information: C A Rowles Engineering, PC 541/585-2207.


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