The Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives recently selected the Taxiway Kilo Reconstruction project at Nashville International Airport as the Commercial Service Airport Project of the Year -- Airside.
The Garver-designed project not only reconstructed the taxiway but also reconfigured the taxiway system to better serve the departure queuing for Runway 20C and provide numerous ancillary benefits to the project area. The project’s primary goals were to correct the Taxiway Kilo profile by minimizing the crest and sag vertical curves and to correct the geometry of a complex five-spoke intersection. The project was located between three of the airport’s four runways and included work areas within the runway safety area (RSA), which required complex project phasing to ensure continued airfield operations.
Sustainable design considerations led Garver to design further improvements with on-site excavated materials, including a runway safety area correction and filling depressions in the airfield.
Garver provided construction phasing, pavement design (which included a life-cycle cost analysis between asphalt and concrete pavement sections), all geometric design, drainage improvements, electrical and NAVAID design, bidding, and construction support services for the project, which was completed under budget while maintaining a safe environment for construction crews, airport operation personnel and the airlines.
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee also recognized the project earlier in the year with an Engineering Excellence Award.