Photo by Jim Labre
New roads lead away from the Main Gate as one of many site
July 27, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - The
person who was charged with implementing the myriad site changes in phase
one is Steve Taylor. We asked him a few questions about the project.
Why were these changes made?
We wanted to improve the overall operations of the site. Comments on
surveys we received helped us decide what changes were most important to
our members and visitors.
What did you think when you found out
the first phase of site changes had to be done by AirVenture 2009?
There’s a short “good weather window” when building in Wisconsin, so
that was definitely in the back of my mind, but I took it as a challenge.
What was the most significant change in
The road infrastructure. Before, it took a 3/4 mile walk to get to the
Warbirds area from the Main Gate. Now, it takes 1/4 mile.
What is your favorite change?
All the changes were instrumental to the event. Finally seeing it come
together was my favorite part. I have never been so happy to see grass
What kind of reactions have you been
The first people to see the site were the volunteers. Some were
nervous at first when they heard about the changes, but once they were
able to see the changes in person, they loved the new site. Volunteers
were a great help getting things done before the convention started.
How has AirVenture gone “green”
through this process?
Because we are on an airport, the water storage has to be underground
versus a retention pond due to waterfowl. We have porous asphalt that
funnels the water to our reserve to reuse on grounds as needed. We also
didn’t cut any trees down during construction. They were all
transplanted to other locations on the grounds.
What’s in store for next year?
This year included the most significant changes of the plan. You can
go to the EAA Welcome Center and watch my future blogs at http://AirVenturesiteupdate.blogspot.com
for planned changes in 2010.