The following provides a representative sample of projects that demonstrate our environmental experience with aviation projects at the Southwest Florida International Airport over the last several years.
Parallel Runway 6R-24L Concept Refinement Phase
Passarella & Associates served on 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 Lee County Port Authority staff on the status of the working group activities.
Cross-Field Taxiway and Taxiway F Conveyance
We provided permitting services for the 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.
Air Traffic Control Tower
We obtained state and federal environmental permits and county approvals for the construction of the new Air Traffic Control Tower at the Southwest Florida International Airport. Permitting efforts included a South Florida Water Management District Environmental Resource Permit and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits for the construction of the new Tower at the SWFIA. In addition, we provided coordination with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for State and Federally threatened and endangered species. Field work included vegetation and wetland mapping, wetland delineation, and a protected species survey within the project area.
General Planning and Environmental Consulting Contracts
From 2011 to 2020, we performed numerous tasks for the Lee County Port Authority at the Southwest Florida International Airport under several General Planning and Environmental Services contracts. Under these contracts, some of our tasks have included preparing exotic removal technical specifications and oversight, conducting boundary inspections and reporting, updating vegetation mapping, participating in Hazardous Wildlife Management including the Hazardous Wildlife Working Group sessions and Wildlife Hazard Management training, as well as a variety of other tasks.