WSP to manage construction at Tucson Airport in US

WCN Editorial Team 12 Aug 2019 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

WSP USA, an engineering and professional services consultancy, has been selected by the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) to provide programme management and construction management (PMCM) services for its Airfield Safety Enhancement (ASE) Program at Tucson International Airport, US.

WSP USA is a subsidiary of Canadian engineering and professional services consultancy WSP Global.

The programme will be taken up in coordination with several stakeholders, including commercial airlines, the Arizona Air National Guard, general aviation pilots as well as other airport tenants.

The $218m (£181m) ASE Program, the largest to be taken up in the 71-year history of the TAA, is driven by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Runway Incursion Mitigation Program.

As part of the programme, a narrow and short general aviation runway will be demolished and replaced by a full-length parallel 11R/29L runway to provide redundancy for aircraft.

The multi-phase project also involves the construction of new bypass taxiways and connector taxiways, in addition to the installation of aircraft guidance systems and upgrading of the airfield geometry to the latest FAA safety standards.

WSP USA transportation and infrastructure president Joseph Pulicare said: “The program will eliminate locations on the airport movement area with a history of potential risk of collision, known as hot spots, to mitigate potential runway incursions.”

The company will be responsible for the overall programme coordination, project controls, FAA flight procedure and navigational aid coordination, as well as the general construction administration of the four construction packages.

Construction is expected to begin in 2020 and be completed by 2025.

In July 2019, the company topped out the Glenridge Operations and Maintenance Facility (OMF) in Maryland, US.

WSP is part of the Purple Line Transit Partners, a joint venture that serves as programme management consultant for the $5.6bn (£4.6bn), 16-mile light rail transit project.

The light rail line, which will run inside the Capital Beltway north of Washington, D.C., will connect Bethesda and New Carrollton with stops at 21 stations.

The east-west light rail line, targeted for completion in 2022, will connect with four Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority stations, including Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) and Amtrak connections, and local bus service.

WSP USA provides design solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets through 150 offices across the US.

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Image: WSP to manage construction at Tucson Airport in US. Photo: Courtesy of WSP.

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