Project Description

Project Details

Description Aviation
Environmental Stewardship and Resiliency
Location Fort Myers, FL
Client/Owner Lee County Port Authority


Donald G. Andrews

Southwest Florida International Airport


RS&H was retained by the Lee County Port Authority to conduct an environmental documentation report upon the completion of a Master Plan Update for the Southwest Florida International Airport. The environmental documentation report included a review and analysis of two previous environmental assessments that addressed development during those periods. In particular, the analysis evaluated the environmental assessment that was prepared for a future parallel runway to aid in capacity for the Airport. The analysis also evaluated the environmental documentation that was previously done for support facilities for the Airport and noted areas where additional analysis may be required for future development prior to implementation.

Stormwater Management

RS&H was responsible for engineering and design of airfield civil items associated with the new runway program and design and permitting of all major drainage elements of the runway program. Work included clearing and grubbing, drainage conveyance system, and embankment material in areas required for the construction of Runway 6R-24L and associated features. RS&H was responsible for hydrologic and hydraulic storm water design and erosion and sediment control design. RS&H performed a watershed analysis of entire Airport for existing and future conditions and coordinated with regulatory agencies for environmental resource permit. RS&H performed an analysis of groundwater elevations and hydraulic grade lines to determine proposed runway grades. We assisted in the development of design solutions and associated permit applications.

Planning and Design

RS&H provided planning and conceptual design services to ensure that Lee County’s new Runway 6R-24L met the airport’s development goals, maximized capacity, and maintained the desired operational The project included the conceptual design of the new runway, parallel taxiways, crossfield taxiways, drainage improvements, and other associated airfield improvements.