RS&H designs have been integral to NASA’s missions since the 1960s, directly advancing the nation’s capabilities to reach space. Our history with Launch Pad 39B and the Mobile Launchers (MLs), two key facilities at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, have been at the forefront of shaping our legacy of serving NASA. This legacy continues to grow as we design groundbreaking projects that help advance our nation’s space exploration.
Faced with increasing demands and costs for potable (safe to drink) water, as well as increased salinity in the shallow coastal aquifer, the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was searching for an alternative to potable water irrigation for 30 acres of mature tropical landscape on its property. The area, known as the Greenbelt, has become a community recreation and exercise area since it was first established more than 20 years ago. To reduce its environmental footprint, the airport asked RS&H to evaluate alternative irrigation options for the landscape.
The Bishop International Airport Authority in Flint, Michigan, was recognized as the Michigan Airport Sponsor of the Year in February. RS&H and the airport have been working together for more than 20 years. A few of our associates attended the event in support of the airport and its efforts, including Senior Aviation Engineers Pat Frame and Erich Thiel. The airport received the award from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Office of Aeronautics at the 2014 Michigan Airports Conference.
The RS&H-designed Duluth International Airport terminal has been selected as a finalist in the airport category for the annual Architizer A+ Awards, a global competition that honors the best in architecture.
The architecture of the replacement terminal at the airport draws inspiration from local forms, materials, and landscaping that is native to the environment. The design of the landside lobby roof is a metaphor for the waves of Lake Superior. The deep reddish cladding on the service core is symbolic of the steel hulls on the freighters and ships that navigate the Great Lakes. These features and many more create a dynamic first impression to the port city of Duluth and the region.
When the Route 460 Connector in Breaks, Virginia, is completed, it will be the tallest in the state and will provide an essential link between Kentucky and Virginia through the Appalachian Mountains. The next portion of the connector project, according to a recent article from TriCities.com, is to start construction on Phase II, which should be completed in 2021.
As part of a larger initiative to break isolation of the region, the 460 Connector and the Coalfields Expressway will connect and create a four-lane road from Interstate 26 in Tennessee through Virginia and into the mountains beyond, which will stimulate economic growth.
RS&H serves as Owners Rep. to the design-build Route 460 Connector project and oversees CEI services.