Project Description

Project Details

Description Aviation
Environmental Stewardship and Resiliency
Location Houston, TX
Client/Owner Houston Airport System


Donald G. Andrews

Houston Airport System

The Houston Airport System (HAS) operates three airports: George Bush Intercontinental Airport/Houston (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), and Ellington Airport (EFD). IAH is a major connecting hub for United Airlines and an international gateway. HOU is a focus city for Southwest Airlines as well as a major base for corporate aviation. EFD, a general aviation facility, is home to several military aviation users, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the recently approved Ellington Spaceport. In 2016, HAS airports accommodated over 52 million total passengers and 814,653 total aircraft operations.


The City of Houston and the Houston Airport System retained RS&H to perform runway and taxiway rehabilitation work at both George Bush Intercontinental Airport, and William P. Hobby Airport. Heavy use over time had caused the airfield pavements at Bush to deteriorate.  RS&H performed rehabilitation for the 12,000-foot-long Runway 15L-33R, and all of its associated taxiways. An innovative aerial photography/CADD data interface was utilized that permitted much of the engineering evaluations to be completed with minimal runway down time. At Hobby, we  rehabilitated Runway 4-22 and Taxiway C. Runway 4-22 is one of a few continuously reinforced concrete pavements in the world. Due to issues with the initial construction of the runway in the 1980s, both ends of the runway had significantly honeycombed concrete, leading to the need for replacement of each runway end.

Environmental Stewardship & Resiliency

RS&H has provided comprehensive on-call environmental services to the HAS since 2014. RS&H has led a multidisciplinary team including 12 specialty environmental scientists and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) specialists in over 70 assignments including Air Quality, Water Quality, Wetlands, and Biological Resources, Historic and Cultural Resources, Hazardous Materials, NEPA, and Strategic Planning

The breadth and depth of RS&H’s experience has benefited the HAS by enabling HAS staff to anticipate environmental requirements in support of the capital improvement program.