Woolpert Contracted by TxDOT for Runway, Taxiway Maintenance at Addison Airport

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The firm will provide design services for rehabilitation of Runway 15/33, Taxiway A and connecting taxiways to improve safety and efficiency at the premier general aviation airport in north Texas.

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The most important aspect of this project is phasing it correctly so that the airport’s activities can continue unhampered with minimal downtime for its users.

Woolpert has been contracted by the Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Division to provide engineering design and construction phase services for rehabilitation of the runway and parallel taxiway system at Addison Airport (ADS). ADS is a general aviation reliever airport located in the Town of Addison, within the Dallas Platinum Corridor. It is close to major business centers and within 30 minutes of the region’s major sports facilities.

Woolpert is a leader in aviation engineering, design and geospatial services and has four offices in Texas. Woolpert Aviation Design Practice Leader Vivek Khanna said the firm will perform distress mapping to identify problem areas on Addison’s asphalt runway and taxiways to ascertain and apply the most effective remedy specific to the needs of the site.

“The most important aspect of this project is phasing it correctly so that the airport’s activities can continue unhampered with minimal downtime for its users,” Khanna said. “The airport is one of Addison’s most valuable economic assets. There are more than 650 aircraft based at the airport, and the site supports one of the biggest and busiest general aviation airports in the country.”

Khanna said the Dallas-Fort Worth region experiences a wide annual temperature range, with hot summers and varied precipitation. These elements beat down on the asphalt and cause its oxidation, which reduces the strength of its binder. This leads to cracking and the generation of foreign object debris (FOD), which can cause extensive damage to aircraft using the facility. Addressing surface cracks and applying the appropriate sealant will slow surface deterioration and increase the life of the pavement.

“A jet engine is like a vacuum cleaner; it sucks in the little rocks and other FOD on a runway,” Khanna said. “This debris can destroy a jet engine, which can cost upwards of $5 million, and can hit an aircraft’s propeller and disrupt the airflow pattern. By reducing FOD, you greatly increase passenger and aircraft safety, which is always our goal.”

This contract is now underway.

About Woolpert
Woolpert is the premier architecture, engineering, geospatial (AEG) and strategic consulting firm, with a vision to become one of the best companies in the world. We innovate within and across markets to effectively serve public, private and government clients worldwide. Woolpert is an ENR Top 150 Global Design Firm, recently earned its fifth-straight Great Place to Work certification and actively nurtures a culture of growth, inclusion, diversity and respect. Founded in 1911 in Dayton, Ohio, Woolpert has been America’s fastest-growing AEG firm since 2015. The firm has over 1,100 employees and 42 offices in three countries. For more, visit woolpert.com.

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