Van's Aircraft chose the Aurora State Airport as the ideal site for its combined manufacturing and business headquarters. The design/build project by ESI Construction is a 63,400 square foot Butler building system featuring clearspan design, mezzanine, MR-24 standing seam roof, split-faced block wainscot and 80'-0" Wilson bi-fold door.

Owner H.D. Aviation

Tenant Van's Aircraft

Operations Aircraft Kit Manufacturer

Floor Area 63,400 square feet

Structure Pre-engineered Butler steel system featuring clearspan design, MR-24 standing seam roof, mezzanine, split-faced block wainscot and 80" wide bi-fold door


Contractor ESI Construction

Design ESI Construction

Awards Butler Manufacturing Company – Industrial Design of Excellence

Associated Builders and Contractors, Excellence in Construction – 1st Place Systems Construction Over $2 Million


After September 11, the nation has been on heightened security and the Air National Guard (ANG) was directed to make changes to their Rapid Response program nationwide. Butler Construction signed a master agreement with the government that provided an emergency procurement program for ANG hangars with F-15 and F-16 interceptors on strip alert, patrolling the skies against terrorism as part of Operation Noble Eagle.

Locally, the mission was to construct four Rapid Response F-15 hangars at the Portland International Airport in 30 days without disruption to existing operations. ESI Construction was selected as Butler's strategic partner to provide construction services for the necessary upgrades to the Oregon Air National Guard facilities (OANG).

Owner OANG - Oregon Air National Guard

Operations “OPERATION NOBLE EAGLE” Alert Hangars for Air Defense of the Pacific NW

Floor Area Four 6,840 square foot hangars for F-15 and F-16 aircraft

Structure Butler’s Widespan structural system with MR-24 standing seam roof

Construction Manager Butler Construction

General Contractor ESI Construction

Design Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, MO

Awards Constructed in 30 days, ESI Construction received Butler Construction’s “2001 Builder of the Year”


The 9,000 square foot, two-story Winco Powerline Services building in the H.D. Aviation Airdustrial Park at the Aurora Airport allows Winco to continue growing the specialty helicopter powerline construction industry niche they’ve successfully developed over the past 20 years. During this time, Winco has evolved into a full-scale transmission line building company with the ability to perform complete transmission line construction projects. The new facility includes a 60’-0” wide Wilson bi-fold door and 2-ton overhead crane system for aircraft repairs.

Owner Winco Powerline Services, Inc.

Operations Helicopter Powerline Services Headquarters and Maintenance Facility

Floor Area 9,000 square feet Operations Headquarters and Maintenance Shop featuring a 60’-0” wide Wilson Bi-fold door and 2-ton overhead crane

Structure Custom engineered building system

Contractor ESI Construction

Design ESI Construction

Awards Industrial Design of Excellence

"I want to take this opportunity to express my thanks for the great job ESI did designing and constructing the three buildings at the H.D. Aviation Industrial Park at the Aurora Airport. The quality and appearance of these buildings has set a new standard for this airport"
-Richard VanGrunsven, President, H.D. Aviation

Owner H.D. Aviation

Tenant Artex, Inc.

Operations U.S. corporate offices for manufacturer of electronic lcoater transmittingd evices for the aviation industry

Floor Area Original structure: 12,000 square feet, 100'-0" x 120'-0" x 23'-0" plus 8,000 square foot addition; 100'-0" x 80'-0"; total footprint of 20,000 square feet

Structure Custom engineered steel building construction

Design ESI Construction

Awards Industrial Design of Excellence

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