KLJ has been serving the Bismarck Airport as engineer of record since 2009. Over the years, we have provided planning, environmental, design, construction administration, and observation services. Some projects include:
- Short-Term/Long-Term Parking Lot Expansion – 2010, 2012-2013
- Commercial Service Apron Reconstruction, Phases 1-3 – 2011-2013
- Environmental Assessment (EA) for Fixed-Base Operator (FBO) Expansion – 2011 to present
- Wetland Mitigation (Off-Site) – 2011 to present
- General Aviation (GA) Apron Reconstruction – 2011
- GA Apron Expansion – 2011
- Construct North Electrical Building, Including Operations Offices – 2011
- Taxiway Pavement Rejuvenating Project – 2011
- Add Gate 4 Extended Walkway and Passenger Boarding Bridge – 2011
- Reconstruct Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Apron with Concrete Pavement – 2012
- Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Recapitalization Project to Replace Explosion Detection Equipment – 2013
- Corporate Circle Street Extension – 2013
- Reconstruct Taxiway B – 2013
- Commercial Service Terminal Cooling Tower – 2013
- Runway 13/31 Rehabilitation – 2013
- Construct Rental Car Wash Facility – 2013
- Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Application #6 – 2013
Recently, the existing drainage on the airport apron was determined fair to poor, and only two low areas located across the taxiway drained water. The low elevation in various sections of the apron led to poor quality ride operations for aircrafts on the taxiway.
KLJ first completed a preliminary design of the entire apron area in 2011 to analyze grading and storm sewer revisions to the apron area, including elimination of the drainage across the taxiway. The team then determined how apron repairs would be broken into phases so projects would be fundable. Items distinguishing the project included apron redesign to eliminate drainage across the taxiway, as well as storm sewer redesign to accommodate the phased drainage design changes. The apron was broken into three phases, with final construction completed in fall 2013.
Collaboration with airport officials helped determine the least amount of impact to airline operations including detailed phasing each year to minimize impacts and maximize available parking. The project included detailed analysis and marking of temporary parking positions in each phase of construction to ensure no interruption for passengers using the airport.