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Architect for taxiway rehabilitation at University Park Airport approved

Friday, November 9, 2018

The Penn State Board of Trustees approved today (Nov. 9) the appointment of Mead and Hunt of Middleton, Wisconsin, as the architect/engineer for the Taxiway A rehabilitation at University Park Airport.

The Taxiway A rehabilitation project involves replacing pavement, removing direct access to the runway from aprons, increasing the size of the hold-bays and widening fillets and shoulders to meet design standards and better accommodate larger aircraft. In addition, storm sewer upgrades and the removal of an old runway are included in the project.

Work on the project will not start until spring 2020 at the earliest. It is anticipated that construction will not disrupt regular service to and from the airport.

Funding for the $35.2 million project is expected to come from the Federal Aviation Administration, the PennDOT Aviation Development Program and the Passenger Facility Charge. While the project may be completed in phases, the project will be designed now to allow the airport to compete for funds from the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program discretionary grants.

The Office of Physical Plant and Airport representatives were responsible for the architect selection process for the project. The team used a qualification-based selection process with a Request for Qualifications advertised in August 2018.