JOLIET – The Joliet Park District has renewed an airport engineering contract with Hanson Professional Services, which is is likely to work on new hangar projects.
The park district already plans to build one new hangar at Joliet Regional Airport to make space available for pilots waiting to store airplanes there.
"At minimum, we're probably going to do one hangar in 2018 and we're evaluating on whether to do a second hangar," park district Executive Director Tom Carstens said.
The park board on Monday approved a five-year contract with Hanson Professional Services as the district's airport engineer.
Springfield-based Hanson is been the airport engineer for years, Carstens said. The company is paid when it provides services, he said.
"They'll be our engineer for any projects at the airport," Carstens said.
A new hangar will provide space for 10 to 12 planes, he said.
Joliet Regional Airport has five hangars and three Astroports, storage facilities with roofs only. The airport houses 83 aircraft including two helicopters. Fifty people are on a waiting list to get space at the airport.