Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 21, 2021 – The Gerald R. Ford International Airport’s terminal apron reconstruction and expansion project has received the American Society of Civil Engineers Michigan Section’s outstanding civil engineering certificate of merit.
The Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award is given to projects that demonstrate the highest level of engineering skill. Specific attention is given to innovations in materials, technology and construction methods as well as contributions to the well-being of people and communities.
This is the third award for the Ford Airport’s terminal apron reconstruction and expansion project, which previously earned the American Council of Engineering Companies’ 2021 Engineering Merit Award and a 2020 Michigan Concrete Association Award of Excellence.
“Our team worked strategically to ensure we could complete this project with no interruption to the guest experience,” said Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority Engineering and Planning Director Casey Ries. “Our entire team of staff, consultants and contractors are honored to be recognized by our peers for the technical excellence it took to complete this massive undertaking.
“We are committed to being the gateway from West Michigan to the world – and having the right infrastructure to make that happen is critical. We will continue to invest and improve in order to maintain our world-class facilities.”
Completed in collaboration with Livonia-based engineering consulting firm C&S Companies and Grand Rapids-based contractor Kamminga & Roodvoets, the $50 million project included the replacement and expansion of 215,000 square yards of concrete in the main terminal area where aircraft are parked, unloaded or loaded, de-iced and refueled.
The project, which began in 2018 and was completed in September 2020, allows for more adequate apron space for air carriers and will pave the way for future growth and expansion. Most significantly, it paved the way for Project Elevate. A three-development expansion, Project Elevate includes the extension and widening of Concourse A to accommodate projected passenger growth over the next 20 years as well as the construction of a federal inspection station and a relocated air traffic control tower relocation.
About the Ford Airport
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is the second busiest airport in Michigan, serving business and leisure travelers with nonstop and connecting flights on six airlines. The Ford Airport is managed and operated by the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority. For more information, visit www.flyford.org or follow the airport on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @FlyGRFord.
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