Parallel Runway 6R-24L Concept Refinement Phase
Ken Passarella served as chair person of the Environmental Working Group for the Parallel Runway 6R-24L Concept Refinement Phase. The primary focus of the environmental working group was an overall assessment of all environmental and permitting issues that have a potential impact on the design and budget of the Parallel Runway project. Work included research of existing environmental permits for the airport, identifying potential environmental permitting issues developing a permitting strategy, and estimating environmental mitigation requirements and costs. Responsibilities also included coordinating the work of the working group members, leading working group meetings, and coordination with Port Authority staff on the status of the working group activities.
Cross-Field Taxiway and Taxiway F Conveyance
We are currently assisting the Port Authority with the proposed Cross-Field Taxiway and Taxiway F Conveyance project at the Southwest Florida International Airport. This project is an element of the Parallel Runway 6R-24L and includes the construction of the cross-field taxiways, expansion of the existing apron, reconfiguration of the Taxiway F Conveyance, and side slope improvements to the southern detention facility. We have conducted extensive research regarding the existing permits for this area and have coordinated and conducted pre-application meetings with the South Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discuss modifying and extending these permits. Field work within the project area has included vegetation and wetlands mapping, “other surface waters” delineation, and a protected species survey.
Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Facility
We assisted with state and federal environmental permitting and county approvals for the construction of the new Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Facility (ARFF) at the Southwest Florida International Airport. Permitting efforts included a county Development Order, including a county Certificate to Dig, a South Florida Water Management District Environmental Resource Permit, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide 12 and 14 Permits for the construction of a utility corridor and the access roads associated with the ARFF. In addition, we provided educational materials to the construction personnel for the protection of the Eastern indigo snake during construction of the ARFF. Field work included vegetation and wetlands mapping, wetland delineation, and a protected species survey within the project area.