Museums, Libraries and Cultural Centers

Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum, Atchison, Kan.

The 1920-1930s-style Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum at the Atchison Amelia Earhart Memorial Airport, has a bifold, lift-strap door with windows with an Art Deco design that matches building.

Schweiss Doors supplied, and DH Pace Co. installed, the bifold, lift-strap door. It is 69 feet, 4 inches long by 19 feet, 7 inches high. The door has automatic latches and three large windows on the upper half of the door.

In addition to a museum, the 16,800-squarefoot multipurpose hangar facility is used as an airport terminal and community gathering space.

Allison Balderrama, director at Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum, says, “The door is awesome and has been wonderful for us. We’ve used it a lot to bring in larger deliveries. It runs perfectly every time and it’s very easy to be able to tell people how to operate it, because there are different people here that have access to the building.”

The museum is located near Earhart’s birthplace house. Its collection features a Lockheed Electra 10-E that is identical to the plane Earhart flew on her final flight. To construct the building, a designbuild project with American Buildings Co.’s pre-engineered metal building was completed. The facility houses hangar space, a mezzanine, lobby, storage/ prep bay, offices, pilots’ lounge, and conference and community room.