GULFPORT – Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport received the Mississippi chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies 2016 Grand Award for a project that required 50,000 square yards of distressed concrete to be replaced on the airport’s main runway.
The project was completed by Neel-Schaffer, a multi-disciplined engineering and planning firm with offices throughout the South. Neel-Schaffer coordinated the runway replacement with the Federal Aviation Administration, Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport Operations, four airlines, prime contractor R.C. Construction and numerous sub-consultants.
Kreg Overstreet, Professional Engineer at Neel-Schaffer, said the project was “one of the most complicated” the engineering firm ever completed.
“In terms of the logistics involved in doing the work and keeping the airport running at the same time, this project was very challenging,” Overstreet said.
The runway project included removing and replacing concrete in the touchdown zones, improvements to the paved overruns on each end of the runway and construction of a temporary taxiway in addition to improvements and upgrades to various lighting and aircraft arresting systems.
“There were critical points where a small mishap would have thrown the project off its timeline and interrupted airline operations,” said Jim Foster, Assistant Executive Director at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. “Logistical coordination and communication with all partners involved was essential.”
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