When the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) set out to update the I-10/I-95 interchange and surrounding 3-mile stretch, the motorists scattering in all directions through a series of ramps weren’t the only stakeholders to keep in mind. The residents from the urban corridor around the project needed top-of-mind attention, too.
Completed in 2016, the Veterans Memorial Bridge project in Martin County, Fla., earned the Transportation National Award of Excellence given by Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). RS&H served as engineer with design-builder Archer Western. Now, the project continues to make headlines.
Cold-in-place recycling has been used for years now on transportation projects across the country. The process entails using a train of equipment to convert previously-used materials into the foundation layer, all without removing, transporting, heating, or storing tons of asphalt. This technique saves time, money and the environmental impact of road projects large and small.
Now, RS&H has used the cold-in-place construction method for the first time on an airfield in Georgia, repaving Runway 16/34 at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport. The airport was chosen by state officials to showcase the new, green method of aviation paving.
The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) sets a high benchmark for recognizing sustainable projects across the country, so much so that only 19 projects have earned an ISI award.
Now, you can add the Detroit Metropolitan Airport’s Runway and Associated Taxiways Reconstruction project to the list of winners. The RS&H-designed project earned ISI’s Silver award after being completed ahead of time, under budget and diverting 99 percent of recyclable material from landfills. The Detroit airport is only the second in the country to receive ISI designation.
“A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.” This proverb is often taken to mean a dollar today is better than two dollars in the future. However, its origin in medieval falconry reveals a deeper meaning that can relate to owners and operators of facilities.