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Terminal Apron Expansion at Charleston Int’l Airport
Charleston, South Carolina

Contractor: McCarthy Improvement Company
Owner: Charleston County Aviation Authority
Engineer: ADC Engineering, Inc.

In late October of 2012, the Charleston Aviation Authority presented McCarthy Improvement Company a notice to proceed on a $15.5 million terminal apron expansion project for the Charleston International Airport.

The challenge to this project was to construct 60,000 SY of concrete pavement after completing 150,000 CY of earthwork, all without affecting the daily operations of the airport. Precise management, coordination, scheduling, and production of the project were crucial.

Other circumstances also added to the project complexity.  For example, at the time the project began, the Boeing Company was in the test flight phase of its new 767 Dreamliner. They were under critical deadlines to complete the test flights for this new state-of-the-art aircraft, and in turn, to deliver the aircraft to customers around the world. The Boeing Company was using taxiway “Charlie” to bring
materials to their assembly plant day and night.

McCarthy was using taxiway “Charlie” as a haul road to place pavement directly adjacent to the taxiway in Phase 2 of the project, and did so without affecting Boeing’s ongoing operations. Within 30 minutes’ notice of a Boeing flight arriving or departing, McCarthy had to clean all debris and clear all materials, equipment, and personnel from within 120 ft of the taxiway.
McCarthy worked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 150 days to complete three of the five phases for the project. The project was completed on schedule, all without a single recordable safety incident, and with only minimal impact to airport operations.

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