Project DetailsLocation: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Owner: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Contractor: Tutor Perini Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Venture; Odebrecht CFE Joint Venture
The $790-million Fort Lauderdale Airport Expansion Project, including the site preparation and NAVAIDS Infrastructure, widened and lengthened the south runway and taxiway to increase Fort Lauderdale Airport’s capacity. The new runway and taxiway bridges over both US 1 and an active railroad, which required the existing grade to be raised approximately 60 feet on the east end of the project. In order to achieve the layout, the project required over 300,000sf of MSE wall. The main runway wall is currently the tallest and largest single MSE wall in Florida, at approximately 60’ tall, and totaling over 160,000 sf. This wall reached substantial completion in only 4 months.
The main runway wall is currently the tallest and largest single MSE wall in Florida, at approximately 60’ tall, and totaling over 160,000 sf.
Special considerations were taken on the design of these walls to be capable of handling the extreme loading condition of an Airbus A380, located directly on top of the MSE wall mass. In addition to the extreme loading conditions, the walls were designed to tolerate a significant amount of short term settlement without any negative impacts to the structural stability of the wall.
Custom architectural finishes were added to the precast panels, including airplane emblems incorporated in the layout of the runway walls.