Who We Serve


RS&H is a leader in airfield engineering related to design and construction phase services. As a leader in the industry we are constantly participating in initiatives to improve industry standards and practices. The firm has full in-house civil engineering, electrical engineering, and construction inspection capabilities.

RS&H leads projects ranging from runway rehabilitation at the world's busiest airport, Chicago O'Hare, to new taxiways at community service general aviation airports, such as Brunswick, Georgia.


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Airfield Services Include:



Airport Drainage

Airport Utilities

Airfield Lighting and Electrical

Airfield Signage

Airfield Security Systems

Instrument Landing Systems

Approach Aids

Obstruction Removal

Security Systems

Stormwater Pollution Protection



Roadways and Bridges

Cost Estimation and Control

Construction Administration

Grant Procurement and Management


Toledo Express Airport

RS&H serves as the airport’s general consultant and provided engineering, construction administration, and resident project engineering services for the rehabilitation of the airport’s primary runway, Runway 7-25. The rehabilitation program included performing a detailed pavement evaluation, developing rehabilitation options, cost estimates, and design. The pavement investigation and analysis used a combination of the geotechnical investigation and field pavement survey, which indicated that the surface could be rehabilitated with selected base repairs. RS&H also designed complete replacement of all electrical equipment associated with the runway.

The airport alsocommitmented to upgrading the existing lighting and signage systems to LED technology., RS&H made sure all new fixtures were designed to meet the airport’s requirements. As a supplement to the Construction Safety Phasing Plan requirements, RS&H assisted the airport with a Safety Risk Assessment (SRA) review meeting, which was conducted under the Airport’s Safety Management System (SMS) Plan.

Project Related Services:   Engineering | Environmental | Planning | Architecture

Southwest Florida International Airport

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 conceptual design of the new runway, parallel taxiways, crossfield taxiways, drainage improvements and other associated airfield improvements.

Project Related Services:  PlanningEngineering

Denver International Airport

We provided On-Call Airfield Engineering Design Services on an as-needed basis to maintain various airfield pavements and other civil-related facilities. To correct several uneven stretches in Runway 7-25, RS&H provided design phase and construction administration phase services. Three “Event Areas” in the runway surface had been identified in smoothness reports as requiring rehabilitation. The scope of the project included survey, geotechnical investigation, PCC and Bituminous Concrete Pavement design, grading, phasing, scheduling, and preparation of bidding documents.

Project Related Services:  ArchitectureEngineering

Spokane International Airport

RS&H was selected by Spokane International Airport to develop an Apron Rehabilitation program in order to replace old and deteriorated Portland Cement Concrete (PCC) panels in the airport’s existing terminal apron area. The project included an initial pavement evaluation of the existing apron that identified the extent of the panel replacement.  Based upon the results of the study, we recommended a full apron replacement. Our team developed plans and specifications to replace the existing PCC ramp, add drainage infrastructure for future glycol collection, regrade ramp to meet NEPA 415, and upgrade the ramp and feeder taxiway connectors to Group IV standards. Elements of the project include geometry, pavement design, drainage/detention pond relocation, airfield lighting, phasing, scheduling, cost estimates, plans, specification, and extensive coordination with airlines and tenants at SIA.

Project Related Services:   Engineering

Fort Lauderdale International Airport

RS&H provided planning, engineering, and environmental permitting for airfield modifications in order to enhance capacity of the airport.  Among the enhancements were the construction of two, new high-speed exit taxiways, and the widening of a third of runway 9R-27, as well as the realignment of jet fuel lines. 

RS&H was also selected as part of a team to design the reconstruction and extension of the award-winning runway 10R-28L. The 5,276-foot General Aviation runway was expanded to 8,000 feet to meet air carrier standards – an effort that required the runway to be elevated over a railroad and busy eight-lane federal highway.

Project Related Services:  EnvironmentalEngineering | PlanningArchitecture

Bob Hope Airport

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority owns and operates Bob Hope Airport, which serves the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. Our Team designed the Runway Guard Lights (RGL) project, which included the design for the installation of LED in-pavement runway guard lights at each taxiway connector, re-circuiting of all runway exit signage to the associated runway edge light circuit, and replacement of the existing Precision Approach Path Indicators on Runway 8 and Runway 31. In addition to these designs, the remaining asphalt ramp and adjacent apron taxi lanes were also milled and replaced.

Project Related Services:   Engineering | Environmental

Waco Regional Airport

As general consultant to the Waco Regional Airport, we planned, designed, and provided construction phase services for a number of projects, including the rectification of non-conformance issues regarding runway safety area standards and the reconstruction and relocation of the ARFF facility. As result of the changes, Waco Regional Airport received the FAA’s SW Regional Airport of the Year Award.

Project Related Services:   Engineering | Environmental | Planning | Architecture

Albert J. Ellis Airport

As general consultant for Albert J. Ellis Airport, RS&H’s first major project to be completed was the rehabilitation of Runway 5-23—the the only runway serving the airport. Critical to the design of this runway rehabilitation project was the need to minimize any impacts to scheduled airline operations, despite a 60-hour shutdown to replace a 48-inch drainage pipe under the center of the runway. We used the shutdown as an opportunity to rehabilitate the entire 7,100-foot runway. To meet the aggressive schedule, the contractor deployed two 500-ton-per-hour asphalt batch plants, four paving crews, five milling machines, and more than 30 asphalt rollers, 60 light plants, and 200 trucks. The team placed more than 20,000 tons of asphalt during the shutdown. The GPS-guided pavers were deployed in tandem to reduce the number of longitudinal joints.

Project Related Services:   Engineering | Environmental | Planning | Architecture

Houston Airport System

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.

Project Related Services:   Engineering

Akron/Canton Airport

We performed a Deicing Effluent Management Feasibility Study for the Akron Canton Airport. The goal of the study was to arrive at a long-term, cost-effective deicer management approach. The study consisted of inventory, aircraft and deicing events forecast, development of alternative sites and processes, and solution of a final concept by the airport. The project consisted of a one-position concrete pad on the north side and a three-aircraft pad on the south side. Runway/taxiway grading and storm water drainage were designed to capture runoff glycol. An advanced biotic glycol recovery and treatment system was designed to remove glycol from the contaminated runoff, which is then released into a detention pond. The glycol recovery system serves as a model for effective, sustainable engineering and received an Outstanding Achievement Award for Engineering Excellence presented by the American Council for Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Ohio.

Project Related Services:   Engineering