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RS&H has strong environmental service capabilities with in-house noise modeling, biologists, and airport environmental process specialists. RS&H can assist clients on noise and land-use studies, environmental assessments, and permitting.

Environmental Services Include:
Environmental Assessments
Environmental Impact Statements
Part 150 Noise/Land-Use Studies
Air and Water Quality Studies
Wetland Studies
Environmental Audits
Mitigation Plans
Permitting Services
Wildlife and Habitat Studies
Agency Coordination
Process Strategy Programs
Conceptual Project Development
Community Involvement Programs
Grant Procurement and Management

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

The City of New Orleans, through the New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB), selected RS&H to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA). This was necessary to implement the Long-Term Airport Development at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), as identified in a recent Airport Master Plan Update. The planned development is intended to enhance the ability of the NOAB to provide safe and efficient operations and passenger services. It will also support the continued growth of scheduled airline passenger service to the New Orleans area. The most prominent component of the Long-Term Airport Development is the construction of a new terminal building. The EA will analyze the impacts of four distinct alternative locations and configurations of a new terminal building.

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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.

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Bob Hope Airport

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority selected RS&H to provide on-call environmental consulting services at Bob Hope Airport. RS&H prepared NEPA documentation to allow the Authority to acquire adjacent property for use as a surface parking lot. The project included the reconfiguration of the on-Airport roadway system, expansion of the valet parking operation and the provision to connect to the regional train system station adjacent to the Airport. In addition, RS&H has prepared state environmental review documentation to allow the development of a baggage make-up and inspection building for airlines operating in Terminal B. The project included a 6,500-square-foot baggage inspection/make-up building south of the existing Terminal B, a temporary 4,500-square-foot building south of Terminal B to house rental car counters, and removal of the existing rental car counters in Terminal B.

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Portland International Airport

RS&H was selected by the Port of Portland to prepare an Environmental Assessment for the rehabilitation and extension of Runway 10L-28R and the rehabilitation of Runway 10R-28L at Portland International Airport. The extension of the North Runway was deemed necessary to ensure that aircraft operations continue effectively and airfield safety is maintained whenever the South Runway is closed for construction. Timely completion of the Environmental Assessment by RS&H was essential to allowing construction to begin in accordance with a timetable driven by airline needs, thus preserving valuable links to foreign and domestic markets for the Portland region. Other project considerations were the relocation of NAVAIDs, the realignment of a perimeter service road, and the shortening of the crosswind runway. The key issues addressed in the Federal environmental documentation prepared for the project included air quality, noise, water quality, and land-use compatibility.

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Cecil Spaceport Environmental Assessment

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) requested RS&H to prepare an Environmental Assessment in preparation for JAA’s application to the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation to issue a launch site operator license to JAA. JAA plans to offer Cecil Field as a commercial launch site to launch operators proposing to launch horizontally launched, suborbital, reusable launch vehicles (RLV). Cecil Field is part of a former Naval Air Station that consists of 6,000 acres, four 200-foot-wide runways (one at 12,504 feet), as well as existing hangars, fuel facilities, administrative facilities, and a control tower. The effort required significant coordination with the FAA Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC), Jacksonville Approach Control, and Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility Jacksonville (FACSFASJAX) to establish the flight paths of the launch vehicles so there would be no conflicts with heavily traveled commercial aviation corridors and military operations in the area.

Related Services:   Planning | Environmental | Architecture | Engineering


Palm Springs International Airport

Palm Springs International Airport is a busy resort airport that handles more than 1.4 million passengers annually. The City of Palm Springs selected RS&H to provide consulting services to Palm Springs International Airport for a five-year period. Under the General Consultant contract, RS&H has developed plans, specifications, and contract documents for the rehabilitation of Runway 13L-31R, Taxiway E, and cross-connector taxiways. The runway project was designed to be constructed so that the overall down time was minimized. A 1,000-foot extension of Taxilane J is also part of the improvements project. As part of the project, RS&H provided support to the Airport to achieve NEPA Categorical Exclusion for the improvements. Also, under the General Consultant Agreement, RS&H updated the Airport’s Pavement Condition Index (PCI) using statistical analysis and Micro PAVER computer software.

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Don Scott Field/The Ohio State University Airport

Don Scott Airport, a general aviation airport situated on the north side of Columbus, Ohio, is used by The Ohio State University Aviation Program for educational purposes as well as by general aviation and corporate aircraft. RS&H prepared a FAR Part 150 Noise and Land-Use Compatibility Study (Part 150 Study) for Don Scott Airport. The project included a technical update to the Airport Master Plan to verify facility requirements and aircraft forecasts. The Airport is surrounded by a variety of residential neighborhoods. The Part 150 Study determined areas affected by noise from aircraft operations and identified mitigation programs to reduce the impact that noise has on the affected residential neighborhoods. As part of the Part 150 Study effort, an extensive community participation and outreach program was conducted, including public open houses, a Part 150 committee, a technical subcommittee, newsletters, and a dedicated web site to receive public comments.

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DuPage Airport

DuPage Airport is owned and operated by the DuPage Airport Authority. DuPage Airport serves as primary designated reliever airport to O’Hare and Midway Airports, and is home to nearly 370 based aircraft. Five recent RS&H projects at DuPage Airport have included environmental components – the Master Plan, Security System Upgrade, Drainage Study, Fencing Replacement, and RNAV Approach. The key issues addressed in the NEPA documentation included noise, air quality, threatened and endangered species, wetlands, historic properties, and land use compatibility. Other key issues included determining options for the relocation or modification to a major storm water discharge facility that was limiting the development options in this area. Several of the projects were completed under accelerated time schedules.

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Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport

Sonoma County selected RS&H to prepare federal and state environmental review documentation on the proposed projects at Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport. The key issues to be studied in the NEPA Environmental Assessment and the CEQA Environmental Impact Report include noise, air quality, surface traffic, wetlands, threatened and endangered species, water quality, and land-use compatibility. The projects at the Airport included the extension of the main air carrier runway, a taxiway extension, the development of a new terminal building and ARFF facility, the development of new parking facilities, relocation of NAVAIDs, installation of airfield perimeter fencing, relocation of internal service roads, and the acquisition of approximately 40 acres for approach zone protection and Runway Safety Areas.

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