The plan will outline and detail the existing configuration of the airport as well as how it will evolve over the next 15-20 years.
The project is primarily funded by the FAA, with additional funding support from the Ohio Department of Transportation and the city of Springfield.
Under the terms of the agreemenr, Woolpert will evaluate existing and future airport infrastructure needs, including roadways, runways, taxiways, navigational aids and buildings
It also will look at the airport’s administrative functions, finances, economic development opportunities, environment and wildlife management, modernization and sustainability, facility alternatives and implementation, and public outreach.
Chris Snyder, Woolpert's project manager, blelievs that airports today face many challenges.
In addition to identifying and developing growth opportunities, Snyder says airports must always consider the continued cost and manpower to maintain existing infrastructure with limited financial budgets.
As an industry-leading airport planning, engineering and geospatial consulting firm, Woolpert has worked with more than 1,500 airports and military air bases around the world and is actively engaged with the FAA and its processes.
The firm also is known for its work providing unmanned aerial system (UAS) or drone capabilities to private companies as well as local, state and federal government clients.
Airport manager, Don Smith, says the airport is ramping up its support of UAS flight activity, especially with the Air Force Research Lab and various educational/research partners, and is trying to attract more UAS activity to the airport.
Sinclair Community College is a teaming partner with Woolpert on the Master Plan project, lending its expertise to the UAS planning aspects.
“We’re intent to stay on the leading edge of this technology,” notes Smith.
Snyder agrees, adding that he’s looking forward to working with the city to maximize the vast potential of the airport.
“It will be exciting to lay out the future of the airport and help grow and maintain this vibrant facility,” remarks Snyder.
The project will get underway this month and is expected to be complete by mid-2018.