Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Runway Expansion Design

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At Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, which serves 23.5 million passengers annually, we focused on delivering results that would help accommodate existing flights more efficiently, prepare for future growth, and offer positive experiences for travelers.

By replacing a 5,300-foot general aviation runway with a new 8,000-foot commercial service runway, the airport has been able to increase its capacity and flexibility in handling larger commercial jets. The expansion of Runway 10R-28L was critical to the airport’s long-range development capacity goals and the overall U.S. air traffic system, increasing aircraft operations from 80 operations per hour to more than 100.

Atkins served as lead designer responsible for the replacement and expansion of Runway 10R-28L and associated taxiways, leading a team of 16 specialized and local subconsultants. As project manager/engineer-of-record for the $791 million expansion, Atkins developed the design criteria package for the elevated bridge-tunnel structure, using a design-build methodology. It’s only the second time a runway in the U.S. has been elevated for active roads and rail. The expanded south runway and parallel taxiway extend over the existing airport perimeter road, Florida East Coast Railway, and US Highway 1. Atkins also performed construction administration and oversight for the project, which is among the largest construction projects of its kind to be undertaken in the U.S.

Throughout the course of the project, an estimated 11,000 temporary construction jobs were created, with a $1.4 billion impact to the regional economy. The project was awarded Commercial Airport Project of the Year by the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida

United States of America

Broward County Aviation Department

Advance Consulting Engineering Services, Inc.
Aylward Engineering & Surveying, Inc.
Basulto Management Consulting, Inc.
Brindley, Pieters and Associates, Inc.
Cartaya and Associates Architects, P.A.
Construction Management Services, Inc.
Derose Design Consultants, Inc.
Heath and Lineback Engineers, Inc.
Hillers Electrical Engineering
Keith & Associates, Inc.
Miller Legg and Associates, Inc.
QED Engineering, Inc.
Reynolds, Smith & Hill, Inc.
Tierra South Florida, Inc.
Trans Solutions, Inc.
Weidlinger Associates, Inc.





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