Williston, North Dakota

Project Highlights

Michaud Cooley Erickson (MCE) designed a new airport in Williston, North Dakota and is currently in construction. MCE is providing MEP engineering services for this project. The existing airport, Sloulin Field, has served the Williston area since the 1950s. Over the years, the airlines serving Williston have utilized small regional turbo-prop aircraft (19 to 30 seats). In 2012, major airlines began service to the area with 50-seat regional jets. Due to runway restrictions, these are the largest aircrafts the existing airport can accommodate.

In addition to passenger boardings, the total number of aircraft takeoffs and landings (operations) at the airport has increased significantly as well. From 2010 estimated operations of 15,000, the airport has grown to an estimated 43,000 operations in 2013 and is forecasted to approach 50,000 by 2030.

In conjunction with the new Williston terminal, Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson (KLJ) teamed with MCE to complete the design for a new Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) and Snow Removal Equipment (SRE) facility. This building holds both the maintenance services and a fully functioning fire station. The SRE will house all of the snow removal equipment for the airfields and the ARFF has room for three fire trucks and one additional bay for a trailer. This building has salt storage, vehicle wash station, break rooms, bunk rooms and offices.

With the ability to serve the community, the ARFF mechanical and electrical systems have been designed to keep the building operable 24/7. Critical operations are maintained by a backup generator and uninterruptible power supply systems. The mechanical systems are primarily rooftop systems simplified to keep the building comfortable and functional for each areas. Additionally, the ARFF facility is a fully sprinklered building with water saving plumbing fixtures.