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Rebuilding Resiliency: Where Strategic Design Meets Structural Strengthening

By |2019-10-11T09:57:23-04:00October 9th, 2019|Tags: , , |

As the environment becomes more unpredictable and serious weather events increase in strength and frequency, coastal regions will be particularly affected. As a result, cities near the coast are considering climate change as they rehabilitate existing structures and build new ones. Resiliency isn’t always synonymous with sheer strength, though. In fact, our team has recently worked [...]

Complete Streets: 3 Critical Components for Success

By |2019-10-03T15:39:43-04:00October 3rd, 2019|Tags: , , |

Is the transportation industry finally coming to terms with the fact that we can’t build ourselves out of congestion? Is induced demand curtailing expansion projects? Or has society’s movement towards alternate modes of transportation and healthy lifestyles pushed transportation departments to look beyond designing primarily for vehicles? Whatever the reason, Complete Streets policies are [...]

Is Growth Hurting the Transportation Alternative Delivery Market?

By |2019-09-24T10:47:08-04:00September 16th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

At a time when both funding and demand for infrastructure improvements are booming, the number of qualified contractors interested in performing work on large-scale infrastructure projects seems to be shrinking. The transportation industry has increasingly relied on mega-project design-build (D-B) and public-private partnerships (P3) contracts to implement critical corridor and long-span bridge projects, but [...]

Using Adaptive Management to Integrate Climate Change Considerations

By |2019-09-11T18:19:00-04:00September 11th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

There are many factors affecting how future climate change impacts are being considered by airports around the world. Most notably, airports that have been affected by severe storms or experiencing sea level rise effects, storm surge and high tides today are seeking answers and planning adaptation measures. Further, various government agencies are developing criteria [...]

As PFAS Concerns Grow, What Can Your Airport Do?

By |2019-09-11T16:30:17-04:00August 21st, 2019|Tags: , , , |

The PFAS probe has officially begun. Since the start of this year, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), and California Water Boards – among others – have put plans in place to try to gain a better understanding of how PFAS are affecting Americans. [...]

Pavement Rehabilitation Makes the Most of Airport’s Resources at John Glenn Columbus International

By |2019-08-08T16:24:27-04:00August 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

We know our airports are often the foundation of city and state economies, representing a trillion-dollar economic impact in the U.S. However, airport operators often face a common struggle in updating infrastructure to keep up with the growing demand from passenger and cargo needs. This has made asset management a critical initiative for most [...]

A Proactive Approach to Facility Resiliency

By |2019-08-21T16:27:29-04:00August 7th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Is your facility prepared for a disaster? There are countless examples of natural and man-made disasters – think hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, domestic terrorism, active shooter, etc. – that have disrupted business operations for weeks, months, even years. Can your business take that kind of disruption? The goal of resilience is to ensure that a [...]

Context and Form: Two Forces that Guide Design

By |2019-08-09T09:16:20-04:00August 6th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

New buildings shouldn’t be designed in a vacuum. Architects have a near-unlimited amount of tools at their disposal when it comes to creating a new space or structure. New building materials, digital design technologies and engineering tricks mean we can produce modern marvels that designers from just a generation ago would have deemed undoable. [...]

How Communication Strategy Can Make or Break a Toll Road

By |2019-08-01T14:39:10-04:00August 1st, 2019|Tags: , , , |

We’ve all heard it before: communication is key. That statement is no less important when a tolling agency is planning the opening of a new toll road. In fact, effective communication is critical to a toll road’s initial success and continued progress down the road. Long before the back-office system (BOS) begins program changes [...]