Buffalo Niagara International Sustainable Airport Master Plan
Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Buffalo, NY | Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
Received the 2012 Excellence in Engineering Gold Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies-NY and the 2012 Project of the Year Award from the New York Aviation Management Association.
This project involves the first of its kind, comprehensive, Sustainable Airport Master Plan in the FAA Eastern Region. Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BNIA) is designated as a Medium Hub Primary Airport serving over 5.5 million passengers a year. Since 1998, passenger counts have increased approximately 71%. The airport averages approximately 110 daily flights, with non-stop flights to 19 major cities. The terminal currently utilizes 25 gates and includes facilities for immigration and customs.
BNIA has experienced tremendous growth and the primary goal for the project is to develop both airside and landside infrastructure and facilities to meet the growing demand for air transport. This goal includes identification and implementation of realistic sustainable targets and practices for facility-wide adoption, as well as sustainable design for future development projects. The work includes improvements to existing airside and landside facilities, and recommendations for new and innovative ideas to enhance cost-effective operations, profitability, and customer services at the airport.
The project completion plan involves three phases, as noted below:
Phase 1 consists of the inventory of existing airport conditions, the environmental overview, and the development of a sustainability plan. The inventory component of the project includes the airport mapping, aeronautical survey, and pavement management study. These elements are utilized as the basis for the airport GIS platform. The sustainability plan establishes sustainability goals and targets for the airport, presents a prospective inventory of cost-effective environmental initiatives, and establishes a procedure by which environmentally-sustainable development and practices are integrated into the Master Plan and future airport planning.
Phase 2 consists of the aviation forecasts, evaluation of airport capacity, and the identification of airport facility requirements. These three elements are a combination of quantitative and qualitative exercises, and the integration of airport sustainability, resulting in increased opportunity to relate quantitative sustainability goals and targets to specific airport facilities. Airport development alternatives are then identified and evaluated in Phase 3.
Phase 3 includes the evaluation of the airport development alternatives utilizing standard design criteria, as well as sustainability criteria developed during Phase 1. The resulting evaluation identifies the preferred alternative and results in the final planning documents, the Airport Layout Plan (ALP) drawing set and the narrative report. This phase also includes completion of the airport GIS as the various data layers and analyses are finalized.