Beautiful Ohio airpark hangar accented by recessed bifold door
Strange wanted his hangar to go beyond the typical look of an airport hangar door. He accomplished this by mounting the sheeting horizontally and by having the corrugated panel of the bifold door overlap in the middle. The door is also two feet inset.
JT Strange and his family are in the process of building their new home alongside their just finished hangar in the Obannon Creek Aerodrome Airpark located in Goshen, Ohio. The newly-built hangar needed a big 45 ft. x 15 ft. 11" door for his Cessna 182T, which he also uses for business in nearby Milford, Ohio.
To fill that need he decided on a Schweiss bifold liftstrap/autolatch door. JT is a National Service Specialist and Consultant for Diamond Machine Tool in Milford, Ohio and uses his plane for business and pleasure purposes. He's been flying for about five years.
When closed, it's hard to tell if this is a one piece or bifold door even when you are standing very close to it.
Bob Beckman of R.D. Beck Services, LLC in Harrison, Ohio has been selling and installing Schweiss bifold and hydraulic doors since 1999. He said that JT Strange asked for a Schweiss bifold liftstrap/autolatch remote opening door to be installed by Beckman on his new hangar. He also requested that Beckman install the door and sheeting with black corrugated sheeting on a horizontal configuration instead of vertical as some others will do.
"Schweiss quality control is a huge factor and they will fit any building. They are the most dependable doors I have ever sold or used. On Schweiss bifold doors, the straps are a must and the new autolatch system is the best yet. I have never had any complaints and my customers comment on how fast, quiet and safe they feel operating Schweiss doors."
- Bob Beckman
R.D. Beck Services, LLC
"JT was very pleased with the finished product on his personal hangar. The building and door set it off as a real showplace," said Beckman.
One feature that sets it off from the looks of other bifold doors is Strange wanted his door inset about two feet instead of installing it on the face of the building.
"I wanted to do something totally different. It gives it a nicer look," said Strange who has an engineering background. "I kind of wanted to go beyond the typical look of an airport hangar door. By mounting the sheeting horizontally we were able to have the top corrugated panel of the bifold door overlap the lower panel of the bifold door. When you look at it, even when you are standing very close to it, the two-inch pattern appears to be seamless with no joint in the middle and looks more like a single panel hydraulic door. It came together perfectly, we couldn't ask for anything better."
The idea to put on outside cladding in this manner was Strange's idea. He said Beckman looked at him like he was crazy, but it worked out great. When Beckman installed the door he had to battle the winter elements during the worst winter they had in a long time. In addition to that, the semi that delivered the door was unable to make a sharp turn crossing a bridge leading to the community. The door had to be offloaded onto a smaller truck.
Strange said he was first introduced to Schweiss doors through a neighbor living in his same airpark. This neighbor had become familiar with Schweiss doors while attending the Oshkosh Air Show where he had talked to Mike Schweiss, owner of Schweiss Doors.
Four liftstraps easily lift the 45 ft. bifold door. Interior sheeting gives it a nice clean look.
"I researched a lot of other hangar door companies, but along the lines of making the personal contact (with my neighbor) I was pretty much sold on Schweiss and went that way. It wasn't even a matter of cost at that point anymore, I went on the reputation that Schweiss had," commented Strange.
Using his engineering background he decided on a bifold door over a one-piece hydraulic door due to the fact there was less surface area for wind conditions. He agreed that it was also a better door in heavy snow conditions.
"I like the autolatches and remote opener. The batt insulated door operates very quietly and is dressed up with cedar interior trim to match the garage door. The door opens and closes fine. I still need to add seals on both sides of the door. We did an all steel structure with I-beams giving it extra support. I haven't got my plane in there yet, but I'm excited to get more use out of it by next spring. I'd recommend Schweiss doors to others 100 percent," said Strange.
The inside of the hangar is painted in a patriotic red, white and blue with a large American flag on the backwall. Strange said he is patriotic and appreciated all the sacrifices veterans have made. His dad is a Vietnam veteran.
The top corrugated panel of the bifold door overlaps the lower panel making it appear seamless when closed like that of a one-piece hydraulic door.
He is still has not completely finished the inside of the hangar which will function somewhat as a showroom. It's laid out with two bays on both sides. The right side of the hangar as you look into it will be a workshop/garage area to work on projects. The left side will be more of a mancave/lounge and for home office use.
What he likes most about his door is the look of it.
"That's because when it comes to the mechanics of it - the operation of the motor and everything else, there have been no issues with it whatsoever," said Strange. "It's like you don't even think about the mechanics of it, it's very sound, even the autolatching system. That's why I haven't added the foam on both sides of the door. It pulls so tight in, it's pretty much sealed up already,"
Beckman said he has no preference regarding hydraulic one-piece doors over bifold doors.
"They both have their place, it depends on the building and needs of my customers," noted Beckman. I only sell and replace with Schweiss doors. Schweiss quality control is a huge factor and they will fit any building. They are the most dependable doors I have ever sold or used. On Schweiss bifold doors, the straps are a must and the new autolatch system is the best yet. I have never had any complaints and my customers comment on how fast, quiet and safe they feel operating Schweiss doors."
The right side of the hangar as you look into it has a workshop/garage area to work on projects. The left side is more of a mancave, lounge and, home office.
"I researched a lot of other hangar door companies, but along the lines of making the personal contact (with my neighbor) I was pretty much sold on Schweiss and went that way. It wasn't even a matter of cost at that point anymore, I went on the reputation that Schweiss had."
- JT Strange
When people ask him why a Schweiss door is better than other makes, he said he explains, as a pilot himself, that his personal hangar has a Schweiss door on it.
"I tell them that Schweiss is a phone call away with an outstanding support group that will help with any technical question or problem on the spot. I still have the old style cable door on my hangar and it has never failed me, but since then, Schweiss has improved and added even more features to their doors. I tell them that Schweiss will always stand behind their doors," explained Beckman.
Beckman has also kept busy doing cable to liftstrap conversions. Recently he replaced cables with liftstraps and autolatches at the U.C. Health Air Care & Mobile Care bifold door at Butler County. They were concerned that since they open their door up to 10 times a day, every day, they couldn't have a door that would malfunction at any time. He recommended the strap conversion and they are very happy with it.
The building contractor for the hangar was Mark Kimura of Inspired Custom Homes, LLC of Cincinnati, who is now in the process of building Strange's new home. He appreciated the valuable structural information he was able to get from the Schweiss Doors engineers.
"Everything went together on the recessed door design changes," said Kimura.
"The architect originally had the hangar framed in wood, we changed that to steel. When I called Schweiss during the preliminary stages, I knew right off the bat we were changing the structural makeup and would have to beef it up with steel. From the specifications from Schweiss I was able to get wedge height and other information to obtain the highest clearance possible. A lot of things came together before the installer came with the door. Recessing the door went together really well and made Beckman's job a lot easier. I was able to coordinate with the structural engineer and get everything perfect for finished height of door. I'd like others who order Schweiss doors to know that you have a lot of flexibility to create the look and function of a door," noted Kimura.
The Schweiss wall-mounted control panel and bottom drive motor.
R.D. Beck Services, LLC
R.D. Beck Services, in addition to selling and installing Schweiss hydraulic and bifold liftstrap doors over the past 15 years, develops and constructs aircraft hangars. His steel buildings of all types come through American Steel Buildings in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
He installed and replaced over 50 doors at the HAO Butler County Regional Airport - Hogan Field in Hamilton, Ohio and many other county and private airports and agricultural locations. He also specializes in retrofitting and doing liftstrap/autolatch conversions on doors at airports, to farm buildings and other private locations. He is also capable of installing large commercial and industrial doors. R.D. Beck will repair all brands of doors and offers annual maintenance service for Schweiss doors.
Bob Beckman is a licensed pilot and occasionally uses his plane to do door measurements or to meet with clients. He has flown as far as the east coast to do this. His primary sales and service area includes Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee.
Diamond Machine Tool in Milford, Ohio is a machine tool service and solution company. They provide high quality and timely solutions for the manufacturing community. Their solutions cover everything from onsite repair, to parts, preventative maintenance, diagnostics and plant relocation. They offer 24 Hour Machine Tool Repair, Ball screw, Chuck & Spindle Repair Any Size/Make/Model. They recently purchased a Cessna 182T to respond to their customers needs even more expeditiously.
Diamond Machine Tool has a variety of services that they offer to support customers needs: On-site Emergency Diagnostic & Repair - Predictive & Preventive Maintenance -Machinery Installation & Relocation -Alignments & Leveling -Electrical Component Repair/Replacement -Hydraulic Repair & Replacement -Spindle Rebuilding -Ballscrew Repair Services -Motor Rebuilding -Training -Machine Evaluations & Inspections and RS2332 Installation & Support
Inspired Custom Homes LLC is a single-family housing construction company established in 2007 by Mark Kimura. They have completed a number of large and small residential additions and remodel projects from complete home makeovers to large kitchens and interior remodels.
Prior to 2007, Kimura built custom homes in Springboro, Ohio ranging from $650k to $1.2 million. The majority of his work is currently being done in the Cincinnati area.
JT Strange of Goshen, Ohio is in the process of building a new home at the Obannon Creek Aerodrome Airpark. The hangar, which will hold his Cessna 182T business and pleasure aircraft is fitted with a Schweiss 45 ft. x 15 ft. 11" bifold liftstrap door.
The left side of the hangar functions somewhat as a showroom/mancave/lounge and for home office use.
Opened and closed look of garage/workshop door.
The autolatch system is located at the center of the door with autolatch arms at each side of the door. Liftstraps ride within metal kickouts.
JT Strange and his family are in the process of building their new home alongside their just finished hangar in the Obannon Creek Aerodrome Airpark located in Goshen, Ohio. The newly-built hangar needed a big 45 ft. x 15 ft. 11" door for his Cessna 182T, which he also uses for business in nearby Milford, Ohio. Read More And See A lot More
You might say that Dr. Michael Stephens, a dentist since 1968 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, is enjoying the twilight of his profession. He also makes the most of his time off hobby hitting the race track. Racing is normally known as a young man's game, but Stephens, age 72, says he slowed down to get into a faster mode of racing - drag racing. Read More And See A lot More
John Stasny of Silverdale, Washington decided awhile back that he had enough of the four sliding doors on his hangar home. After a bunch of research, which included checking out door manufacturers, periodicals and talking to other pilots and friends he decided a Schweiss hydraulic one piece door was the only way to go. Read More And See A lot More
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Bifold doors keep getting better thanks to Schweiss Doors. With proven Lift Straps and Auto Latches the door travels up faster and smoother. Say no to cables! Schweiss Patented Lifts Straps are the latest and greatest improvements to bifold doors that have been around for years... Bifold Doors just keep getting Better! Read More And See A lot More
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The school doors are open at Edison Language Academy in Santa Monica, California. What's different at this school is not all the doors are the same, and that goes for its unique curriculum as well. Edison Language Academy is a bilingual magnet school that is one of only 10 dual-immersion K-12 programs in the United States. Read More And See A lot More
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At certain times of the day the glass on Bruce Hamon's garage door reflects the beautiful Denver surroundings he lives in. While it allows others to see within, the big advantage is it allows him to see out as if looking through a picture window inside his home. And it adds a real touch of class to his residential property. Read More And See A lot More
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Traditional Thai food has a reputation of being very spicy and hot enough to satisfy anyones taste for heat. A newly opened restaurant in Austin, Texas does that and more. Austin is a city of big flavors, but interestingly enough there are few that specialize in Thai food. That's where the long-awaited Thai Restaurant called "Sway," (meaning elevated, delicious) tops the bill. Read More And See A lot More
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Ciudad Obregon is the second largest city in the northern Mexican state of Sonora. It is a historic and beautiful city of 405,000 population located near the Gulf of California about 395 miles north of Mazatlan and 400 miles straight south of Tucson, Arizona Read More And See A lot More
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Back in 1980, Marty Kiehm, age 23 at the time, built his first structure, a 70' x 100' hangar with a 48' bifold hangar door at the Delavan, MN airport. Though not yet a licensed pilot, aviation blood was already trickling through his veins. His dad was an aerial applicator so 'flight talk' was a fairly routine part of family conversations. However following in his Dad's footprint wasn't his ambition. Read More And See A lot More
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"I come here every morning at 6 a.m. I spend all day here and I enjoy every minute of it." Those words from Patrick Aucoin, Aucoin and Associates, Inc., Spring, TX. And where he comes each day is to an 84' x 84' steel hangar at the Spring, TX airfield. But what a hangar! For 14 years this spot was only a concrete slab, the only remnant from a Texas tornado that wiped out the hangar which used to set on this hunk of concrete. But not so today. Read More And See A lot More
There aren't many airports in the U.S. or abroad that have as many Schweiss Bifold Liftstrap/Autolatch hangar doors as the Oshawa, Ontario, Canada airport. In a three-phase project a total of 80 Schweiss liftstrap and autolatch bifold doors have been put onto hangars there. In just the last order alone, 34 Schweiss bifold doors ranging in size from 41.5 ft wide to 47 ft. wide gives some solid proof of their popularity among hangar owners there. Read More And See A lot More
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"New North Dallas, Teaxs Aero Country East airpark goes exclusively with Schweiss "Red Power" hydraulic one-piece hangar doors. Many Country Club amenities and 39 custom townhomes and pool on privately-owned airport add first class appeal for pilots and families Read More And See A lot More
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There's nothing cheap about building anymore but this project turned out wonderfully. The Schweiss door fits perfectly. We dressed up the shop and office area with some window shutter trim. Structural Building out of Becker, MN was the contractor and they did a great job Read More And See A lot More
It was a 70 ft. hydraulic door, very lightly built, it came in two sections that didn't meet together when they put it together. It showed up bent, and when raised it would bend, very poor weld quality, with welds missing in places. It was a piece of crap, I've never seen something so poor, there was no engineering done on it. There was no quality control. Read More And See A lot More
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Since Introducing "Red Power" Hydraulic Doors to the market this Spring, sales of Schweiss Hydraulic Doors have escalated, and as a result truckload-after-truckload of ready to assemble doors have been moving out to destinations within all corners of the United States and other locations around the globe. Read More And See A lot More
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Getting 146 doors installed at one location speaks rather strongly about the quality and reliability of your door provider. But that's the current scorecard of Schweiss BiFold doors at Fort Carson, Colorado (Colorado Springs) where Mortenson Construction (Denver branch) has an ongoing contract with the U.S. Army for the construction of special heated maintenance shops called TEMFs (Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facilities). This means structures big enough for Army tanks and other special military tactical vehicles. Read More And See A lot More
I researched over a year what I wanted to do. I met Dave Schweiss at the Florida 'Fun in the Sun' air show and both Dave and Mike at the big Oshgosh, WS show. After meeting the guys and looking more closely at their product the choice was obvious. It simply was the best fit, the best design, the best door and in terms of value, the best deal. Read More And See A lot More
Here are some shots of Fagen's warbirds. All mighty nice, mint condition airplanes! Just one of many unique planes that will be on display in the New Fagen Museum. It'll be the hot spot in Granite Falls, Minnesota to see some of the most beautiful Flying machines imaginable. Read More And See A lot More
Obviously a guy doesn't spend several thousand dollars for a big hydraulic door because it opens and closes in 37 seconds. But surprisingly 'door speed' is a bit of a factor, at least for Terry Albright, Renville County farmer who also runs a fleet of 'over the road' semi rigs. Read More And See A lot More
A slick, new 75' x 80' farm shop with special lighting, in-floor heating, a huge 40' door and a burgundy and beige color scheme is getting all sorts of attention on the farm of John Dulin, Kenton, Ohio. "The contractor that sold me the building has people coming here every week it seems to check out the building and especially that big hydraulic door. So it's a real treat for me and my farming partner son Dana, to show them the works," explained Dulin, who is also maintenance manager for six school buses in their local special education district. Read More And See A lot More
Two bifold doors were on his Wayzata, Minn. home when he and his wife, Nancy, purchased it from a previous owner several years ago. He referred to the doors as "a bonus and attractive feature" and believed the architect chose the bifold style of doors for aesthetic reasons. Read More And See A lot More
The Carriage House on the lakeshore property of Sid Morris, Cornelius, NC is very likely the most unique in America! It doesn't house horses and horse buggies. It doesn't house antique autos. Instead it houses his R44 helicopter. And that chopper gets to the Carriage House by first landing on a helio pad on the end of his 200' dock. A small electrically driven dolly then gently lifts the chopper with operator then guiding the chopper to its proper stall inside this remarkable 4-star carriage house. Read More And See A lot More
At 27 years of age, film maker/artist/author Travis Wood appears to be adding architectural design to his intriguing resume. Evidence of this new dimension is a most unique structure, a combination studio/guest house that he and his father are constructing on their vacation property on Martha's Vineyard, hugging the south shore of Massachusetts. Read More And See A lot More
Hugging the southwest corner of Long Island, New York, Brooklyn's earlier identity was mostly hitched to Coney Island beach and the Brooklyn Dodgers of baseball immortality. Today the city is enjoying a renaissance of rediscovery by artists, retailers, ambitious contractors and creative landscapers including the Andre Kikoski Architect firm which just wrapped up the complete renovation of two empty, abandoned warehouse buildings on 22-28 Wyckoff Ave. Read More And See A lot More
Consolidation is that aggressive word which has been enveloping agricultural business for several years now. In simple terms, it results in fewer but bigger. And that certainly is the recent history of the farm implement business, which used to pride itself on having eight, 10, even 12 or more dealerships per county. Today three or four farm equipment dealers per county is more the usual. But ownership of farm implement stores today often includes multiple locations throughout an entire state. Read More And See A lot More
Flying since he got the bug when working the fishing canaries in Alaska, Eric Hutchins, Grand Rapids, MN, has a rather diversified agenda these days. For example he runs a year-round Dairy Queen in this bustling tourist center town. He also does some part-time law enforcement work and occasionally flies fire detection with the MN DNR. When time permits, high on his agenda is getting together with his snowmobile buddies for a few miles through the beautiful lake and woodland country of Itasca County. Read More And See A lot More
In September of 2009, we started the rehabilitation of Hanger 155 at Chippewa County International Airport in Kincheloe, MI. Our first step was to remove 60 years worth of lead paint from the existing steel substructure and miles of asbestos-containing material. When the building was safe to work in, our demolition subcontractor started on the roof system. Read More And See A lot More
It's big, 43,500 square feet. It has a special floral display unit out front courtesy of the employees and the general contractor. You walk into an 'eye catching' 100' x 160' 'Consumer Display' section complete with a 10' high shelf showcasing various John Deere 'consumer goods'. And greeting you at the retail counter is a colorful prairie scene with an old country barn, woodlots, fields of corn and wheat plus a depiction of the original 1-bottom plow that launched the John Deere machinery company. A show place of sorts? Yes, indeed. Read More And See A lot More
Well, it's all of the above for 62-year-old Daniel Shaw, a plumbing contractor at Geneva, Fla. Who has given new meaning to the term "hangar home." The structure is 50' wide x 60' deep x 30' tall, all metal/ However, a 45' x 15' Schweiss hydraulic door sporting a wrap-around porch with decorator railing, table and chairs, a "walk through" door with stylish window, and veranda "roof" gets your attention. Read More And See A lot More
Schweiss Hydraulic and Bifold Doors recently installed four new hydraulic doors at the Renville County Fairgrounds located in Bird Island, MN. The Renville County Board approached Schweiss looking for a way to open up the event building located at the county's fairgrounds. The event building is used to host live bands, beer gardens and public auctions by Henslin Auction Services. Hydraulic doors seemed like the perfect solution to open up the building and allow easy access to the building for large groups of people. Read More And See A lot More
We're no longer just selling iron. Today we're selling precision farming products and that requires special training of both our personnel and our farm customers," says Paal Haug, general manager of Haug Implement with stores at Willmar and Litchfield Read More And See A lot More
The creativity of customers continues to be a driving force for many manufacturers. Take for example North Star Imaging, Inc., a Rogers, Minnesota manufacturer of industrial x-ray systems which are enclosed by a radiation shielding cabinet and access door and used by manufacturing firms in the aerospace, military, automotive, medical device, electronics, even the genetic seed industry and many more. Read More And See A lot More
How do you make the loading dock area for your store secure, yet still easily accessible and stylish? This Target store in North Carolina found the answer with two 39' x 17' bifold gates for their loading area. Give us your idea and we will get you the door. Read More And See A lot More
What looked like a near impossible situation without some totally new engineering design instead turned out to be a remarkable solution to an extreme challenge. The challenge? How to fit a "roof door" over a 20' by 30' sandblasting chamber used by SMS Millcraft, Oil City, PA. This firm specializes in refurbishing component parts for various Pennsylvania steel mills. Read More And See A lot More
It is rare that an Air Tractor dealership changes hands. It cant be done without an approval from Air Tractor, Inc. This requirement became all too apparent to Bill Taylor of Farm Air in Fairfield Illinois. Bill was starting to think about retiring from the business he formed in 1976. Shortly after forming Farm Air, Bill saw a need for Air Tractors in the Midwest, and approached Air Tractor about becoming a dealer. Over thirty successful years later, Bill decided it was time to sell Farm Air with its Air Tractor dealership intact. Read More And See A lot More