Ford Airport commended by ASCE for apron revamp

The engineering achievement was awarded to the hub for its construction, expansion and community involvement  

Gerald R Ford International Airport’s terminal apron reconstruction and expansion project has been awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Michigan Section’s outstanding civil engineering certificate of merit.  

The achievement is presented to initiatives that demonstrate high levels of manufacturing ability. This includes innovations in materials, technology and construction methods, alongside evaluating the contributions made to the well-being of people and communities.  

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Ford Airport’s terminal has received two other commendations prior to this one – the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 2021 merit award and Michigan Concrete Association Award of Excellence, 2020.  

“Our team worked strategically to ensure we could complete this project with no interruption to the guest experience,” said Casey Ries, Ford International Airport Authority engineering and planning director. “Our entire team of staff, consultants and contractors are honoured to be recognised 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.” 

The $50m (£36m) project – completed in partnership with engineering consultancy firm, C&S Companies and construction services provider, Kamminga and Roodvoets – incorporated the replacement of 215,000 sq yards of concrete in the terminal area.  

A larger expanse allows for more apron space for carriers, paving the way to further re-construction and expansion.  

Beginning in 2018 and completed in September 2020, the works laid the foundation for ‘Project Elevate’, which includes the extension and widening of Concourse A to accommodate for an increase in passenger growth. It also incorporates the building of a federal inspection station and relocated air traffic control tower.