WK Dickson has enjoyed a long and productive history at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, having provided design and construction services at the airport for over three decades. The latest project includes the rehabilitation of Runway 18C/36C. This runway was the first at 10,000 feet in North Carolina and was responsible for making Charlotte-Douglas a truly ‘international’ airport. In 2011 our team provided all planning and design necessary to replace virtually the entire surface of the runway, improve and strengthen ramp and taxiway intersections, as well as upgrade lighting and electrical systems.
Additions to the project included an additional paved shoulder running the length of the runway and new touchdown zone (TDZ) lighting on the north end. The runway improvements have helped the airport meet future demands as Charlotte-Douglas continues to grow into one of the most successful airports in the Southeast. Charlotte-Douglas has become the 8th busiest airport in the nation for aircraft operations and the 14th busiest in passenger boardings. Overall the airport contributes nearly $10 billion in annual economic impact to the Charlotte region and runway 18C/36C is a big reason why.