HNTB Awarded Contract for Study of MWAA’s Western Lands Area

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Work includes a broad range of services over the next year to help define a roadmap for development of 425 acres of land at Washington Dulles International Airport

This is an exciting time to be a part of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s significant growth plans for Western Lands

HNTB Corporation was selected by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Dulles, Virginia, to provide land entitlement services for commercial development of Western Lands, 425 acres located at the western boundary of Washington Dulles International Airport along Route 606 in Loudoun County, Virginia. HNTB will work with the Authority’s Real Estate Department staff to complete a general development plan, series of pre-development decisions and approvals, and environmental assessment as a pre-requisite to project design and construction.

HNTB will have primary responsibility for MWAA’s General Plan and Environmental Assessment overseeing a team of partners that includes christopher consultants, Economic Development Research Group, EAC/A, Coastal Resources and KB Environmental Sciences.

According to Kim Hughes, PE, HNTB’s project manager, the consultant team brings a multi-decades history of creating strategic land development master plans and general planning strategies for major public and private investment across Loudoun County, the National Capital Region, the Commonwealth, and the United States. HNTB specifically has completed eight environmental assessments for aviation projects at large/medium hub airports around the country and three general plans with concurrent programmatic environmental assessments in Virginia during the last five years, making HNTB and its team well positioned to support the Authority with this project.    

“Loudoun County and the Dulles Business Corridor, anchored by Washington Dulles International Airport, are experiencing rapid growth with significant opportunities for development,” said Jerome L. Davis, the Airports Authority’s Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer. “The Airports Authority’s real estate team is eager to embark on a flexible general plan and a programmatic environmental assessment to provide us with a vision, strategy and latitude to respond rapidly to varied development proposals.”

Developers have a timely opportunity to learn more at a May 11 conference called Dulles Matters II at Dulles International Airport. The event is a follow-up to a seminar last year that focused on business issues affecting the airport and its role as a key driver of jobs and economic growth in the National Capital Region. The Authority’s efforts to develop real estate projects in and around the airport, aimed at helping to generate new revenue and spark additional economic activity, were highlighted at that session and will be a major focus this year’s Dulles Matters event as well. Airports Authority Real Estate Manager James Poff emphasized that developers and others interested in Dulles-area real estate are welcome to attend. For information visit: http://www.committeefordulles.org/events/special-events/.

“This is an exciting time to be a part of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s significant growth plans for Western Lands. We look forward to collaborating with the Authority to further develop the region,” said Hughes.

HNTB has a long history of service to airports across the country and is dedicated to serving as a true extension of each airport client's staff. The firm has worked, or is working, at every one of the nation’s top 30 airports, delivering terminals, runways, planning, environmental services and more.

HNTB was ranked as the No. 1 U.S. airport design firm in Roads & Bridges magazine’s 2014 Go-To List, as a preferred airport consulting firm by the publication’s readers. The firm’s many signature and award-winning aviation projects include: design of the “Green Build” terminal expansion at San Diego International Airport; engineering and design services at Los Angeles International Airport; design and construction management of the FAA’s runway status light program; master planning at Tampa International Airport; on-call planning for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and program management support services at Denver International Airport. The firm’s development master planning experience includes key strategic planning assignments at airports across the county. The firm has a long history in the preparation of general plans to help public agencies maximize the potential for development of their land holdings. In addition, HNTB and team members for this assignment are recognized leaders in land development master planning experience for private development and have worked on most major land development and infrastructure improvement projects in vicinity of the Western Lands site.    

About HNTB
HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors. With more than a century of service, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program management and construction management. For more information, visit http://www.hntb.com.

About the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, established by a regional compact between the governments of Virginia and the District of Columbia, manages and operates the federally owned Ronald Reagan Washington National and Washington Dulles International airports, which together serve more than 44 million passengers a year. The Airports Authority also operates and maintains the Dulles Airport Access Road and the Dulles Toll Road and manages construction of the Silver Line project, a 23-mile extension of the Washington region’s Metrorail system into Loudoun County, Virginia. The Airports Authority generates more than 387,000 jobs in the National Capital Region and produces about 4.5 percent of the National Capital Region’s gross domestic product.

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