The firm has supported Blue Ridge Airport’s pursuit of a runway extension over several years. Starting with the update of the Airport Layout Plan, our staff has consistently advocated for extending the runway to serve users in the region adequately. With the approval of the ALP, our team proceeded with the NEPA-required environmental assessment, marking the crucial first step in executing the 6000′ extension. We completed this process within a remarkable timeframe of 15 months. Furthermore, our team facilitated the acquisition of local Harvest Foundation funding, ensuring accelerated preparation of the design documents to take advantage of FAA supplemental funds.
The relocation of a state-maintained roadway is imperative to accommodate the new runway and air protection zones. Our team has prioritized constructability and value engineering throughout the design phase, analyzing multiple road layouts to minimize curves and control construction expenses. In addition, our project design provides flexible phasing options and bid alternates, allowing for optimal utilization of available funding during the bidding and awarding stages.
Grant coordination has played a pivotal role throughout the entire process. While local and state funds have expedited the construction timeline, strict adherence to all FAA grant assurances is essential to ensure future reimbursement and funding for the construction phase. With careful attention to budgeting and comprehensive cost estimating, our team met the stringent FAA’s Benefit-Cost Analysis requirements, ensuring seamless coordination and compliance.
Our team facilitated the acquisition of local Harvest Foundation funding, ensuring accelerated preparation of the design documents to take advantage of FAA supplemental funds.