Dane County Regional Airport needed a larger snow removal equipment facility to accommodate newer equipment and centralize operations. The airport’s new 58,800-square-foot SRE features Wisconsin’s largest municipal solar array and promotes efficient operations. To stretch available funding, our aviation architects designed the new building to meet immediate needs, and to easily be expanded by 45,000 square feet in the future. The building finishes, radiant heating, geothermal heating system and solar array have cut energy use and costs in half in the first year of its operation. This efficiency exceeded the goal of creating a LEED Silver building, instead earning a LEED Gold rating.
This new, impressive structure centralizes equipment operations and storage. Our design makes for easier maneuvering with the large tandem plows. The unique support system consists of a single central column connected to long span ceiling beams and perimeter supports that holds up a building that stretches over an acre. We also conducted a reflective analysis to test pilot line of sight in relation to the solar array as part of a group that beta tested an FAA model for designs standards at airports.