Improvement Program Nov/Dec

The Green Airport Improvement Program is the result of a detailed study by the airport to enhance the safety areas around runway 16-34 and to lengthen primary runway 5-23 to a total of 8,700 ft.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conducted an environmental impact study and issued a record of decision allowing for the airport to implement the T.F. Green Airport Improvement Program, which consists of safety and efficiency projects.  The safety projects are related to airfield facilities that do not meet current FAA airport design guidelines and require upgrading.  The efficiency projects have been identified through the Rhode Island Airport Corporation’ (RIAC) planning efforts.  Additionally, FAA has confirmed the need for these facility improvements to enhance the efficiency of passenger movements.

Safety Projects require changes to the Runway 16-34 Runway Safety Areas (RSA) as the RSA’s on both ends of the runway do not meet current FAA design standards.   Hangar 1, which was located within the Runway 16 Object Free Area (OFA) and penetrated the protected air space surface, was demolished.

The lengthening of Runway 5-23 falls into the category of an efficiency project.  The length of Runway 5-23 is inadequate to accommodate coast to coast and international flights.  Lengthening the runway will further enhance the efficiency of the New England Regional Airport System since studies have concluded that a runway length of 8,700 feet will meet long term business needs.

Following is an overview of the projects currently underway, as well information on other projects included in the improvement program.  Details on the Voluntary Land Acquisition Program and Residential Sound Insulation Program are also included below. 

Runway 16 End Safety Improvements

Project construction began on July 29, 2013.  This project includes the assembly of an Engineered Materials Arrestor System (EMAS) Runway Safety Area, installation of a new blast fence, drainage improvements, security fencing, miscellaneous improvements to navigational aids (NAVAIDs), and reconfiguration of a taxi lane to meet current FAA standards.  

All the paving has been completed, all lighting and Navigational aids have been installed, the permanent security fence has been installed, and the pavement markings have been installed.  While work was occurring, this runway was closed but has since reopened for daily operations.  Construction will break for the winter and is expected to begin again in spring of 2014 with the installation of EMAS.  The construction of this portion of the project expected to be completed in late spring or summer 2014. 

The total project cost is $8,427,000.

Program Manager:                          AECOM, Providence, RI
Project Designer:                           McFarland Johnson, Concord NH and AECOM, Providence, RI
General Contractor:                       J.H. Lynch, Cumberland, RI

Hangar 1 Demolition
The demolition of Hangar 1 includes not only demolition of the hangar, which was constructed in 1938, but also the replacement of existing impervious areas with turf, installation of a security fence, the realignment of an airport service road and replacement of aircraft tie downs.  Prior to project construction, RIAC coordinated closely with the Rhode Island State Historic Preservation Office to document the historic significance of Hangar 1. This information will later be displayed on monitors installed in the airport and also posted to the web.  

The project began on July 29, 2013 and is substantially complete with construction now shut down for the winter season.  Work will resume in April of 2014 with the contractor returning to complete various site restoration improvements.

The total project cost is $1,413,000.

Program Manager:                          AECOM, Providence, RI
Project Designer:                           AECOM, Providence, RI
General Contractor:                       Cardi Corporation, Warwick, RI
Demolition Subcontractor:              Vinagro, Johnston, RI

Deicer Management System
Using existing infrastructure RIAC is constructing a new Deicer Management System designed to mimic aircraft deicing pads.  The System includes gate deicing at the passenger terminal, a designated deicing area for cargo, tenant, and transient aircraft, and an anaerobic system that will treat collected fluid prior to discharge into the Warwick Sewer Treatment Facility.   Methane produced through the biological treatment process will be used to generate heat for the treatment process and heat the facility.

Construction commenced November 2013 and is the system is expected to be complete and operational by October 2014.

The building that will house the treatment system is under construction.

Project Designer:                          Gresham, Smith & Partners, Columbus, OH
Airside Contractor:                       
Cardi Corporation, Warwick, RI
Treatment Facility Contractor:       
Hart Engineering, Cumberland, RI

Runway 34 End Safety Improvements
The project includes the construction of an Engineered Materials Arrestor System (EMAS) Runway Safety Area, reconstruction of approximately 1,650-feet of Runway 16-34, miscellaneous NAVAID improvements, and construction of drainage improvements.  The project is in the design stage and is approximately 75% complete.  The permit application to the RI Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) was formally accepted and the Notice of Public Comment period will begin in January.  Bids will be received in spring 2014 and construction will take two seasons.  The construction is expected to be completed by year end 2015.

Program Manager:                          AECOM, Providence, RI
Project Designer:                           Jacobs Engineering, Providence, RI, VHB, Watertown, MA, AECOM, Providence, RI
                                                      and McFarland Johnson, Concord NH
General Contractor:                       To Be Determined at Bid Phase

Winslow Park Ball Fields Relocation
The project design began in May 2013 and is approximately 90% complete. The project elements include the construction of 4 regulation soft ball fields, 2 practice soft ball fields, 3 soccer fields, walking trails, and a new concession stand.  Additionally the project includes a state-of-the art Tot Lot to replace the existing two playground sites being removed by the relocation of Main Avenue and Runway 5 work. 

The project is expected to be out for bids in spring 2014 and the construction completed by the end of June 2015.

Program Manager:            AECOM, Providence, RI
Project Designer:             The Louis Berger Group, Providence, RI and LDD Collaborative, Fall River, MA
General Contractor:          To Be Determined at Bid Phase

Main Avenue Relocation
The project, necessary for the extension of Runway 5, began in late 2012 with a study to determine the alignment and properties that would ultimately be required to accommodate the project.  The alignment was approved by RIDOT in early September 2013. The project will consist of property acquisition, demolition, design of roadway elements (paving, drainage, utility relocation, and traffic signals).  The final design of the project has begun with the 30% design submission scheduled for March 2014.The project is expected to be out for construction bids in spring 2015.  Construction is expected to begin in mid-June 2015 and take approximately one year to complete.

Program Manager:           AECOM, Providence, RI
Project Designer:            Gordon R. Archibald, Inc., Pawtucket, RI
General Contractor:         To Be Determined after the Bid Phase

Runway 5 Extension
The project will provide for a 1,534-foot extension to the primary Runway 5-23 at T. F. Green, bringing its total length to 8,700-feet.  Included in the project is the construction of a taxiway extension, an aircraft holding apron, an EMAS Runway Safety Area, an airport service road and security fencing.  At the completion of the project the airport will accommodate airline service that will reduce passenger leakage to other regional airports and enhance the efficiency of the New England Regional Airport System. The project is in the Design consultant negotiations phase.  C& S Companies of Syracuse, NY was selected as the design consultant.   Design of the project is expected to commence in early February 2014. Project bids will be received in April 2016 and construction will start in early summer 2016. Project completion is anticipated for December 7, 2017.

Program Manager:                          AECOM, Providence, RI
Project Designer:                           C & S Companies, Syracuse, NY
General Contractor:                       To Be Determined after the Bid Phase

Residential Sound Insulation Program (RSIP)
This program is well underway.  The multi-phase RSIP has begun with a pilot phase, which includes the acoustical testing and sound insulation of 11 homes.  The intent of the pilot phase is to work through program processes and establish a consistent design and construction protocol.  Over the last several months, RIAC and FAA have been working together to define the overall program. RIAC plans for the overall design, bid, and construction services to occur through 2017 and meet the mitigation measures outlined in the Record of Decision (ROD), dated September 23, 2011.   RIAC has contacted approximately 120 homeowners, who are eligible for the first phase of the RSIP.   RIAC will continue to reach out the airport community regarding the RSIP and anyone with questions on the program can contact Bob Politto at the Noise Mitigation Office at 401-732-8320 for assistance.  In the coming months, new information on the program will be available online, including the homeowner handbook and other paperwork and project information.  

The project construction is expected to begin in spring 2014.  Project cost for the pilot phase, which includes 11 homes is $1,000,000.

Program Manager:                          Jones Payne Group, Boston, MA
Project Designer:                           Jones Payne Group, Boston, MA
General Contractor:                       To Be Determined at Bid Phase

Residential Voluntary Land Acquisition Program (VLAP)
This program is well underway.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved a noise exposure map (NEM) related to the preferred alternative (B4) as identified in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). This analysis identified residential properties within and adjacent to the DNL 70dB contour for the 2025 B4 Build scenario as eligible for voluntary acquisition. By initiating the purchase of these homes, RIAC will be able to remove future incompatible land uses.

The VLAP was suspended in 2003 in an effort to concentrate on the analysis of the EIS and move forward based upon its results. As a result of the Record of Decision (ROD), issued in September 2011, RIAC can continue efforts to acquire non-compatible residential properties. Most recently, RIAC acquired two apartment buildings to the north of the airport and contacted nearly 65 homeowners advising them of their eligibility within the program. 

The total current program cost is $22,000,000.

Program Manager:                         WD Schock, Warwick, RI (Field Office)
Project Demo:                              Jones Payne Group, Boston, MA
General Contractors:                     To Be Determined at Bid Phase

This project update is intended to provide a monthly project snapshot for interested members of the Warwick community.