Morristown Municipal Airport Taxiway D & M Rehabilitation Design
Morristown Municipal Airport, Morristown, NJ | DM AIRPORTS, LTD.
Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU) is one of the nation's busiest general aviation airports, and has a long standing relationship with McFarland Johnson. When DM AIRPORTS LTD., the operators of MMU, were notified that they were being considered for 100% project funding through the American Recovery and Revitalization Act (ARRA), or economic stimulus program, they needed a trusted partner who could move quickly to take advantage of these funds, and meet the stringent deadlines imposed by the program, including having bids in hand within 120 days. The MJ Team was mobilized quickly to ensure that the funds could be captured to reconstruct the deteriorating pavements of Taxiways D&M, pavements that service critical airport tenants such as Verizon, Honeywell, BASF, Viacom, Pfizer, Tyco, the US Customs Service, etc.
A maximum construction budget of $3.0M was established for the project at the kickoff meeting, with the final amount of the available ARRA funds being uncertain at this early stage of not only the project, but the ARRA program itself. It was decided to break the project up into a base bid and an add-on alternate bid, in order to provide flexibility in tailoring the project budget to the as yet unknown final dollar amount made available to the airport. In order to meet the 120 day biding deadline, survey crews were mobilized to the site within two days of the project kickoff meeting, the geotechnical crews were on site coring pavements and sampling soils within one week, and an experienced design staff was put to work assembling the required contract documents A parallel effort to obtain all required environmental permits was also undertaken, and all applicable regulatory agencies were contacted to determine the permits that would be required, and assess any regulatory triggers that may prevent the project from meeting the impending deadlines. A concentrated and cooperative effort was required to ensure that these funds were made available within the local economy to provide the stimulus for which they were intended.
The project schedule was closely managed and all plans maintained the standard of quality for which MJ is known. The end result of this effort was that bids were received well within the required 120 day timeframe, the bids received were at a total of $2.92M, and all environmental permits were received in time to complete the project on schedule. The project was fully funded using 100% federal dollars. Through careful planning, access to all of the facilities used by the tenants was maintained throughout the course of the project, with the exception of a single weekend utilized to reconstruct the intersection of both taxiways. Bottom line is that MJ completed another successful project on time, within budget, and to the satisfaction of the airport and its users...even under the tightest of time constraints.