Director's Insight

Mike Griffin, PE | Director of Aviation

Following a year of uncertainty, finally some good news.

As Garver’s Director of Aviation, my daily focus is on how we can help our nation’s airports navigate one of the most trying times our industry has faced. While traffic moving through airports slowed dramatically last year as the COVID-19 pandemic impacted every walk of life, some positive signs are coming to light.

Inside our nation’s airports, domestic boardings are quickly turning back toward pre-pandemic levels, and we’ve seen a major uptick in airports tackling airfield improvement projects. With the passage of a third economic stimulus package, airports are again considering how to get the most out of their allotted funding.

That’s where Garver comes in. Yes, we’re a nationally recognized design firm, but our experts also work hard to match airports with the right funding solutions. When CARES Act funding looked likely in 2020, we strategized with our airports to identify high-probability projects and move quickly to get them ready to bid. As a result, some clients landed large grants and others were able to accelerate multiyear projects because work was ready to go. And we’re ready to do the same with the proposed infrastructure bill and other new sources — the FAA recently announced $8 billion in Airport Rescue Grants — to bring our clients the best possible value from limited federal funds.

However, all credit goes to the airport directors, operators, and managers who recognized that, even though times are tough, infrastructure needs must still be addressed. And because of their diligence, national airport facilities will be prepared for the fast-moving aviation resurgence.

Garver is proud to work with such a dedicated group of professionals, and we’re more than ready to take on the recovery.

Mike Griffin, PE | Director of Aviation

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