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Albert J. Ellis Airport

RS&H was tasked to update the Airport Master Plan at Albert J. Ellis Airport, which provides commercial service to Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune. RS&H specifically examined the potential for General Aviation development, an expansion of the public parking lot, and conducted a terminal analysis. The Master Plan Update concluded the airport’s runway should be extended from 7,100 feet to 8,000 feet, with a commensurate extension of the parallel taxiway. In examining the passenger terminal, RS&H found the building needed substantial renovation and reconfiguration. The study concluded the airport should extensively renovate the terminal, add two boarding gates to the existing gate, and reconfigure interior space. The Master Plan Update also found the number of T-hangars should be doubled, an Air Traffic Control Tower should be built, and the airport’s fuel farm and ARFF facility should be improved.

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George Bush Intercontinental Airport

RS&H was retained by the Program Managers of the International Services Expansion Program (ISEP) to prepare the forecast of demand for international activity that would be generated from foreign flag carriers operating from Terminal D after the Continental Airlines relocation. RS&H was also retained to prepare the terminal space program requirements in the remodeled Terminal D. RS&H was the Co-Project Director on a team of consultants retained by the Houston Airport System to prepare an Airport Master Plan that would address a broad spectrum of activities including forecasts, development of facility requirements, land acquisition and development, terminal area development, environmental impacts, and public involvement.

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Rochester International Airport

Located in Southeastern Minnesota, Rochester International Airport serves a unique community that was ranked as one of the best metropolitan areas to live in the United States. Rochester is the home of the world-famous Mayo Clinic medical organization, which is one of the prime generators of the airport’s traffic. RS&H was retained on various consulting teams to assist the airport on numerous planning projects. During its first Master Plan Update, RS&H developed several milestones to identify triggering points for future airport facility expansion and/or new construction. Approximately 60 short-term and long-range improvements were identified. In the second Master Plan Update, the Master Plan builds on the previous document to outline a plan for the next two decades. Planned projects include a new midfield terminal. RS&H also conducted a FAR Part 150 study that included noise monitoring at on-airport and off-airport sites. An active public involvement program was also conducted.

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Duluth International Airport

Duluth International Airport serves the northeastern portion of Minnesota. RS&H continues a long relationship serving the airport and region. RS&H was part of a team that prepared an update to the Airport Master Plan. Since that update, RS&H has provided planning services in support of the general consulting role. Planning assignments have included airspace obstruction analyses including FAR Part 77 and TERPS, temporary impact assessments associated with airfield construction projects, and airfield design characteristic assessments supporting many facility improvement projects. RS&H also conducted a security assessment of the terminal facility. This assessment focused on improving passenger convenience while meeting expanding federal requirements for baggage and passenger screening.

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Bishop International Airport

RS&H was retained by the Bishop International Airport Authority in Flint, Michigan to update RS&H’s original Airport Master Plan, prepared in the early 1990s. The current Airport Master Plan Update builds upon the success of the original Master Plan. The current update has paved the way for a new intermodal cargo center serving the diverse cargo needs of the area, two terminal expansions to accommodate rapid passenger growth, auto parking lot expansions, and a new rental car facility. Other projects envisioned in the current Master Plan include reconfiguration and realignment of the airport’s existing general aviation runway to promote a more efficient and safer airfield. RS&H also completed a FAR Part 150 Noise and Land-Use Compatibility Study to eliminate incompatible land uses. RS&H conducted an airport security assessment, performed security and terminal area related planning, and planned an EDS-based, in-line baggage screening system.

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Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport

As the airport’s on-call consultant for planning, architectural, and environmental projects, RS&H is assisting the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport with updating the Airport Master Plan, a study used to determine the long-term development plans for an airport. The most unique feature of this plan is the participation in two separate pilot programs.

The first pilot program is the Phase II Airports Geographic Information System (AGIS) and electronic Airport Layout Plan (eALP). These comprehensive efforts produce complete imagery, survey, and planning data created and uploaded to the AGIS web portal for use by FAA in demonstrating the eALP module currently under development.

The second pilot program is a Sustainability Master Plan, a study that incorporates sustainable principles in the master planning process. The expected outcome is a study and resulting development program that contains goals, objectives, initiatives, and methods to track progress of sustainability efforts implemented by the airport.

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Los Angeles International Airport

After the new midfield satellite terminal was built west of the Bradley terminal, the Los Angeles International Airport planned to develop and maximize its existing property on both the east and west sides.

In addition, the plan considered long-term development for the airport as a whole and developed a priority process for considering future land development on the west side. A key focus of the plan was retention of significant aircraft maintenance facilities and providing additional space for overnight parking. It also identified existing facilities that could be displaced elsewhere on the airport or to off-airport locations.

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Indianapolis International Airport

RS&H was selected to develop and facilitate the Indianapolis International Airport Master Plan. The RS&H Team assisted with the Visioning Workshop with Authority staff and Board members to identify the key issues to be addressed in the master plan. The workshop established key objectives of the master plan and created an understanding of what needs to be accomplished for the master plan to be considered a success. The Airport Authority has established a high priority of the study is to identify trigger points that will signal the need for initiation of implementation activities.

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Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport’s master plan had not been updated for more than ten years. Working through a thorough public involvement program, RS&H helped Alaska’s largest and busiest airport prepare a thoughtful, engaged master plan update.

The update involved a comprehensive review of existing conditions and future facility needs, including plans for the aging international terminal, airfield upgrades to meet current FAA standards for taxiway dimensions and separation, and airfield capacity needs to meet forecast aircraft operations growth of 30% over 20 years.

After reviewing the airport’s existing North Terminal, RS&H determined that the replacement of the eight gate facility would be a cost effective solution. However, the airport’s potential expansion was a substantial concern for local residents. By conducting a public and stakeholder involvement process, we provided the community with multiple opportunities to voice their opinions. The team incorporated innovative outreach techniques including online open-house meetings and community listening posts to make public participation more accessible, which led to defining a demand-dependent, phased-approach for future airport development.

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Fairbanks International Airport

In an effort to support the overarching goal of working with Anchorage International Airport to serve the entire state of Alaska, Fairbanks International Airport selected RS&H to lead its airport master plan update. 

The plan identified the facility needs to support all of the state’s aviation customers, as well as goals to safely and efficiently meet the needs of the region and communities it serves.

Our team also prepared aerial imagery, mapping, and obstruction analysis for the airport’s GIS along with an e-ALP under an FAA Pilot Program, and an FAR Part 150 Noise Compatibility study.

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