Ralph Wessels PE
Program Leader, Airfield Capital Projects
Seattle Tacoma International Airport
Seattle Tacoma International Airport’s 9,426-foot center runway underwent sophisticated rehabilitation in 2015 to extend its lifespan and operational efficiency. The project reconstructed the 46-year-old runway with crushed concrete sub-base, asphalt and Portland cement concrete; expanded shoulders to suit new-generation aircraft; and included new technology. This session will address:
- Design elements and selection of pavement structure
- Environmental considerations for the design, construction, and long-term operation of the runway
- The incorporation of new technology to meet the future needs including the installation of an automated foreign object debris (FOD) system and a LED lighting systems.
- Lessons learned – the challenges and what worked well and what areas could have gone better