Runway Project

Presented To

Yakima Air Terminal/Mcallister Field Airport
Yakima, Washington


In Recognition Of Your Outstanding Achievement For Completion Of A Major Airport Improvement Project Which Substantially Improves The Airport And Supports The Community
  • This award recognizes the Yakima Air Terminal, Columbia Asphalt and Gravel, and Huibregtse Louman Associates (HLA), and local air traffic control (ATC) personnel for completion of the “Runway 9/27 Rehabilitation Project”.  This successful project demonstrates a commitment to construction safety management best practices.  The project was completed without incident and with an acute attention to detail which resulted in a high quality product beneficial to both the airport and surrounding communities.
  • Yakima Air Terminal recognized a sudden and rapid deterioration of the runway porous friction surface course (PFC).  The airport would need to replace the PFC surface material a few years earlier than planned in the Airports CIP.
  • Due to federal funding constraints and phased AIP program, Yakima had to design the project with several funding and construction phasing contingency plans.
  • A notice to proceed was issued August 16, 2010 to Columbia Asphalt and Gravel.  Runway 9/27 was the first runway project for Columbia Asphalt & Gravel and the first major project at any airport.  The contractor attended and brought his entire work force to an 8-hour asphalt construction management and methods class to ensure project quality.
  • The project was on schedule, on budget, and met or exceeded all FAA specifications. The runway was surveyed a total of four times, twice more than required.   Testing results; smoothness, asphalt densities, profilograph results, asphalt grooving results, etc. exceeded tolerances listed in the advisory circulars for construction of P-401 asphalt pavement.
    • No corrective work was necessary for any portion of the project.
    • The airport developed and implemented complex safety plans for day and night operations.
    • Impact to the community’s air service was minimal. The runway was kept open except for 4 days when it was impossible due to work in the middle of the runway.