The Texas Society for Professional Engineers South Plains Chapter awarded Parkhill, Smith & Cooper the Trailblazer Award for its Aviation Team project at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport for Runway 17R-35L.

Projects were judged by the 2016-17 TSPE South Plains Chapter Board Members on the basis of design and planning merit, project execution, contribution to the community, and creativity.

“Having the opportunity to be a part of such a significant project in your hometown is very rewarding,” project manager and PSC Professional Engineer Mark Haberer said. “Building Community through relevant built environments is our mission, and this project allowed us the opportunity to do just that.  We greatly appreciate the partnership that we have with the City of Lubbock and the staff at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport. This project was a success because of the continuous collaboration between PSC, airport staff, the FAA, airport users and the Contractor (Duininck Inc.).”

Runway 17R-35L is 11,500-feet long by 150-feet wide and serves as the primary runway for general aviation, commercial and military traffic at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB). At roughly 40 years old, the outboard 50-feet of concrete was exhibiting signs of fatigue and material related distress, including longitudinal cracking, D-cracking, surface spalling, potential alkali-silica reactivity damage and perched water. This was leading to increased maintenance cost and diminished safety.

PSC’s design team was charged with the initial task of assessing the pavement condition, analyzing alternative remedies, and recommending a solution that addressed funding, airfield safety, and continuous access to all parts of the airport. The final scope included full-depth reconstruction of the outboard 50 feet on each side of the keel, isolated panel replacement, crack seal, joint seal and spall repair in the keel, widening of the blast pads to 200 feet, demolition of Taxiway A, rehabilitation of the asphalt shoulders, installation of new high intensity edge lights, installation of an edge drainage system and re-grading the safety area for compliance with current standards.

The $40 million project involved seven firms, over 20 individuals and more than 40,000 man-hours of professional services from planning through construction.

“With the completion of Runway 17R-35L, the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport is well positioned to help thousands of passengers reach destinations all around the world,” Haberer said.

CLICK HERE To learn more about the Runway 17R-35L Project at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport.