PROJECT: Aviation

Grant County Regional Airport - Runway Rehabilitation

John Day, Oregon


Grant County, Oregon

Construction Value:



“T-O Engineers has been fantastic to work with. They helped to complete a large runway rehabilitation project on time and under budget and professionally oversaw each phase of the project for us.”  Pat Bentz, Grant County Regional Airport Manager

T-O Engineers has been working at the Grant County Regional Airport in John Day, Oregon since 2012. The Grant County Regional Airport was awarded a ConnectOregon grant for reconstruction of Runway 9-27 and needed to get the project underway quickly in preparation for the 2013 construction season.

T-O Engineers worked with local surveying and geotechnical engineering firms to collect the data necessary to design the new runway. During the fall and winter of 2012-2013 T-O completed the design and bid the project in spring of 2013. Due to the federal government shutdown in 2013, the FAA did not offer a grant to the County until late in the year. This necessitated delaying construction until summer of 2014. In spite of this delay, reconstruction of Runway 9-27 was completed in August of 2014, on time and under budget. 

A US Forest Service helitack base is located on the Grant County Regional Airport. The airport is also a base for the Oregon Department of Forestry Single Engine Air Tankers (SEAT) firefighting aircraft. T-O worked closely with both agencies to ensure reconstruction of the Runway did not interfere with firefighting operations.

In 2015, T-O Engineers began helping the Grant County Regional Airport to develop a new Airport Master Plan. This is the first FAA sponsored Master Plan for the airport and also the first Airport Master Plan to be partly funded by a ConnectOregon grant.

Services Provided:

  • Worked and successfully implemented project under ConnectOregon grant
  • Coordinated with local surveying and geotchnical engineering firms
  • Completed design 
  • Worked closely with Oregon Department of Forestry Engine Air Tankers (SEAT) and US Forest Service