Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Exceeding Construction Safety Standards

Project representatives from Addison Airport, Garver, and EAS Contracting

A Garver reconstruction project at Addison Airport won the Federal Aviation Administration's Excellence in Construction Safety Award. The FAA presented the award at its Southwest Region Conference.

Addison Airport is one of the busiest single-runway general aviation airports in the United States. Garver's engineering services involved full-depth reconstruction and asphalt overlay on the 7,200-foot runway. The improvement project also graded runway safety areas to meet current standards, improved the airfield drainage system, installed runway guard lights at all 12 runway hold lines, installed new high-intensity runway lights, and replaced the MALSR approach lighting system.

The annual award honors one airport that exceeds FAA construction safety standards during a project. Because of the airport's high number of operations, Garver designed the $10.5 million project in multiple phases to keep the runway open and limit closures during construction. Construction activity increases the risk of vehicle/pedestrian deviations (V/PD). Even with complex construction phasing and aircraft operations for more than 600 based aircraft, the project had no V/PD incidents.

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