HDR to lead US$1.5bn civil design improvements at five airports in South Florida

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Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) has selected HDR to provide civil engineering services for its complex five-airport system — including Miami International – on a five-year task-order contract to support an estimated US$1.5bn in capital improvements.

Among the planned improvements are the rehabilitation of runways and upgrades to aprons, taxiways and underground utilities. HDR will also design federally funded airfield safety enhancements at each airport and airside accommodations for larger aircraft.

Tim Fish, east region aviation manager at HDR, said, “We’re excited to partner with MDAD to deliver these system-wide capital improvements. These projects will help accommodate the fleet changes airports are seeing right now, especially from international operators, and lay the groundwork for planned terminal expansions and modernizations.”

Rising demand for aviation services in South Florida initiated MDAD’s five-year capital improvement program and includes all five of its airports. Miami International Airport represents the largest of the five airports.

HDR will also design improvements for four general aviation airports. They include Miami Opa Locka Executive, which is home to the largest US Coast Guard air/sea rescue station, and Miami Executive Airport.

Across all projects, HDR’s civil design team will apply resilience considerations, taking into account the impacts of sea level rise and rising ground water tables, which will alter placement of utilities and drive innovative storm water systems.

Bill Peduzzi, aviation director at HDR, added, “Our combination of a strong local team and national aviation expertise will foster innovative outcomes that help MDAD stay competitive in the global market and strengthen the communities served by these airports. We’re extremely thankful for this long-term partnership and excited about the great things it will make possible.”

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