WSP USA to Manage Airport Construction

Wed September 11, 2019 - West Edition #19
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WSP USA will provide construction management services at Tucson International Airport.
(Tucson Airport Authority photo)
WSP USA will provide construction management services at Tucson International Airport. (Tucson Airport Authority photo)

The Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) has selected WSP USA, a leading engineering and professional services consultancy, to provide program management and construction management services for its Airfield Safety Enhancement (ASE) Program at Tucson International Airport.

This program will be in coordination with many stakeholders, including commercial airlines, the Arizona Air National Guard, general aviation pilots and other airport tenants.

Driven by the Federal Aviation Administration Runway Incursion Mitigation Program, the $218 million ASE Program is the largest ever undertaken in the 71-year history of the TAA. It includes demolition of a narrow and short general aviation runway, which will be replaced by a full-length parallel 11R/29L runway to provide redundancy for aircraft. The program also includes construction of new bypass taxiways and connector taxiways, installation of aircraft guidance systems and modernization of the airfield geometry to the latest FAA safety standards.

"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," said Joseph Pulicare, president of transportation and infrastructure at WSP USA.

WSP is responsible for the overall program coordination, project controls, FAA flight procedure and navigational aid coordination, and general construction administration of the four construction packages of the program.

Construction of the multi-phase project is expected to begin by mid 2020, with completion of all program elements anticipated by 2025.