PROJECT: Aviation

Felts Field Taxiways, Taxilanes and Turf Runway

Spokane, Washington

Client

Felts Field, Spokane Airports

Construction Value:

$7.7 Million

Overview:

Spokane Airports selected T-O Engineers to provide planning, design, and construction inspection services for a combination of historical multi-phased improvements at Felts Field. The projects included full depth reconfiguration and reconstruction of three main taxiways, two adjacent taxilanes, as well as nearly the entire southeast taxilane complex consisting of 11 taxilanes. Additionally, a new turf runway was constructed incorporating a fully integrated and automated irrigation system. Preliminary formulation began in early 2014 and construction was completed in October 2016. The project was funded through FAA AIP Grants and Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Division Grants and local funds.

This $7.7 million effort included updating all of the project infrastructure to meet the FAA’s revised advisory circular standards for geometric configuration and  construction standards; which included:

  • Expansion of the airports lighting system
  • New subsurface and surface drainage systems
  • Reconfiguration of taxilanes to maximize aircraft use of the airport 

One of the main challenges associated with the project was developing a construction phasing plan to minimize impacts to daily airport operations while providing an efficient and timely completion of the project.

During preliminary stages of the project and through the design phases, T-O Engineers coordinated extensively with the Owner, FAA, and instituted a public outreach program to the airport tenants; hosting multiple public meetings to document tenant concerns, provide updates on project schedule, and incorporate special arrangements for the more than 150 tenants displaced during the project. This coordination and public involvement allowed the project to be widely perceived as a success by both the Spokane Airport and its tenants.