- Company: C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., Inc.
- Industry: Transportation
- Location: Atlanta, Georgia
- Expected Completion Date: October 16, 2014
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The general scope of work under this contract was the removal and replacement of a majority of runway 8L/26R, and portions of Taxiways and Ramps due to pavement failure. The critical phase of work (RW 8L/26R, Ramp 2 North, TW B3, and TW B11) was required to be completed in 29 days (September 15—October 16). The contract duration required that the work be prosecuted round the clock on a 7 day per week schedule. The work included all new lighting systems, subgrade repairs, underdrain repairs, and total new pavements markings for the runway and taxiways. This required the mobilization of a considerable portion of labor and equipment. Over 300 trucks were utilized in the pavement removal and the CTB (cement treated base) removal. The work was completed 1 day ahead of schedule.
What impact does this project have on America?
In 2015, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was the world’s busiest airport with over 100 million passengers. Having a runway down obviously effects millions of people, which is why the liquidated damages for not completing the critical phase in 29 days were $1,000 per minute, which equates to $1.4 million per day.
What interesting obstacles or unusual circumstances did you overcome to complete the project?
Removing and installing 900,000 square feet of Concrete in 29 days at the world’s busiest airport presented many obstacles. We provided aircraft access to and from maintenance and cargo hangers which were on the other side of runway 8L/26R. Coordinating 300 trucks in an efficient manner to minimize cycle time was also a formidable task.
What dangers and risks did you encounter, and describe any extraordinary methods used to keep workers safe?
All workers who work inside the Airport are required to take mandatory safety training classes which are tailored to construction safety inside the Airport. Being aware of aircraft traffic is paramount. Noise while working beside an active runway is also a distraction that workers must be aware of and how it affects communication.
How did you leverage new technologies to work faster and reduce waste?
To facilitate managing our trucking, we developed a software application which analyzed our real-time haul cycles and provided a graphical view which gave management the ability to make changes instantly. We utilize laptops and tablets to capture our labor/equipment hours and progress quantities which are transferred to and from our office wirelessly. This reduces paperwork and provides up to date information which allows us to have the correct number of people and equipment on the Job. Construction Impact Awards 2016