Air Cargo Site Development

Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority

P&N team overcomes environmental and wetland issues to prepare site for cargo facility and improve water supply to the airport.

The master plan for Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) called for a new air cargo facility. The old facility was not large enough to accommodate the airport’s growing freight needs.

P&N was responsible for site layout, survey, geotechnical investigation, site design, and construction observation and administration. The P&N team also managed wetland permitting, designed a 20-acre wetland mitigation site, and tested and disposed of contaminated soil.

The project included 163,000 square yards of concrete pavement, 5,000 feet of bituminous roadway, 3 miles of storm sewer, and a wastewater lift station. This project also added 3 miles of watermain, creating a looped system that connects the airport to the City of Grand Rapids water system at two points. This system increases reliability and improves water pressure at the airport.

P&N returned to the site a few years later to add 1 mile of public road, relocate 1 mile of perimeter road, expand water and sewer systems, and improve drainage for future development.


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