By Nick Gilbert
Michael Baker, Jr., a division of Michael Baker, has been hired by Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA) for design services at the Runway Construction Program at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville.
Baker offers engineering, design, and construction services to customers globally. The $2.3 million contract will extend anywhere from two to four years. The program includes various jobs with respect to constructing Runway 5L-23R. Baker’s main job includes bidding, design, and program management services and a probability of additional construction services in future ventures.
Baker’s Jeff Pike, P.E., operations manager at the organization’s Knoxville office, expressed pleasure in obtaining the project as the program that will extend over many years will require in-depth project planning in order to match the construction activities with the available financing from year to year. It will call for close collaboration with different interested parties such as airlines, military (TN Air National Guard), maintenance operations, air cargo tenants, and FAA staff both regionally and at the Airport District Office (ADO).
Baker and his team’s operations will enable MKAA in maintaining the airfield functioning when Runway 5L-23R is closed for rebuilding. Primary segments of the venture comprise setting up a temporary instrument landing system (ILS) for the parallel Runway 5L-23R, large-scale ground surface activities to improve drainage and creating a new slideslope area, runway system enhancements which would include putting in new pavements while getting rid of old dysfunctional ones.