2015 Gold Award – Commercial & Military Airports

6-HJAIA Runway 8L

1-HJAIA Runway 8L

4-HJAIA Runway 8L

4b-HJAIA Runway 8L

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Runway 8L/26R Pavement Replacement
Atlanta, Georgia

Contractor: McCarthy Improvement Company
Owner: City of Atlanta – Department of Aviation
Engineer: Aviation Infrastructure Solutions: (Michael Baker International and Pond & Company)

Taking on a project with a $700 per minute liquidated damages clause, there is no room for error. The 9,000 foot long Category III arrival runway, 8L/26R, handles more than 500 flights to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) every day.

It is no small matter to take it out of service. Only 29 days were allowed for the runway and high-speed taxiway portion of the project to be completed. The pavement replacement was split into two different phases.

The spring portion of the project consisted of pavement replacement on Taxiways Echo and Foxtrot managing concrete pours in conjunction with the air traffic across five ramps to and from the gates. During the fall phase, the construction team had 29 days to demolish and replace nearly 100,000 SY of 20-in. thick concrete. Despite many challenges the construction team managed finish the projects six hours ahead of the original schedule.

5-HJAIA Runway 8L