Ford Airport receives ACEC engineering excellence award

The project at the Michigan-based airport was chosen out of 32 other shortlisted entries

Gerald R Ford International Airport’s terminal apron reconstruction project has received the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 2021 Engineering Merit Award.

The project – which worked in conjunction with construction firm C&S Companies – was chosen for the honour as part of the ACEC’s Engineering and Surveying Excellence Awards competition.

Developments that demonstrate a high level of innovation, complexity and value are considered for the prize, as the council recognises outstanding engineering firms for Michigan projects on a yearly basis.

Ford International Airport
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For the 2021 awards, the focus was shifted onto uniqueness and originality, social and economic value, technological advances and the level of excitement generated for the engineering profession.

“We appreciate the recognition for our team’s continued work to enhance the guest experience and airport capacity. This award underscores our commitment to investing in our facilities, which provide a gateway from West Michigan to the world,” said Casey Ries, Gerald R Ford International Airport Authority engineering and planning director.

The accolade was received on February 26, in the midst of the ACEC’s 54th Engineering Excellence Awards gala which was held virtually.

Construction was led by C&S Companies and began in 2018. The entirety of the project involved the replacement and expansion of nearly two million square feet of the terminal area where aircraft resided, loaded and unloaded, de-iced and refuelled.

The $50m (£36m) scheme was completed in September last year, with little impact made to the customer experience. From this development, Project Elevate was initiated.

Project Elevate began from the new development, consisting of $90m (£65m) extension of Concourse A which helps to enable passenger growth which is projected for the next 20 years. It also included the construction of a Federal Inspection Station and air traffic control tower relocation.

Gerald R Ford Airport itself is the second busiest in Michigan, providing non-stop flights via six different airlines.