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Meacham International Airport

Apron A Reconstruction

Featured in IQ: 2014 Volume 6 Issue 2

Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth, Texas is one of the oldest continuously operating airports in the state. Its role has changed dramatically in the last decade from that of a training and general aviation airport serving the occasional passenger carrier to one of the metroplex's most active business aviation airports. The Texas Department of Transportation named Meacham its 2013 Reliever Airport of the Year, citing the airport's improvements—to include its Apron A reconstruction—among the reasons why.

Garver designed reconstruction of approximately 20,000 square yards of pavement for Apron A, replacing thin asphalt pavement with a durable concrete pavement.

"Apron A has been a problem area on the airport for many years. Several years ago, the main gear of a Falcon 50 fell through the existing asphalt pavement," said Airport Manager Jeff Kloska. "This event clearly showed the need for something to be done to address the infrastructure in this area."

"Apron A is vital to the airport's economy and serves over 100,000 square feet of corporate hangar space," said Project Manager Colin Bible. "This work had to be done with as little impact as possible to daily airport operations."

The design had to maintain drainage and utility service during construction, but records on existing utilities location revealed little data. Garver contracted subsurface engineers to locate water, gas, electrical and storm utilities under the existing pavement and created a separate phase to perform the utility relocation.

"Relocating utilities and drainage during Phase 1 kept the apron operational with minimal impact to tenants," said Bible. "It allowed later phases to be more predictable, which resulted in meeting every phasing milestone and completing the project on time, under budget."

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