Freight Apron & Taxiway
Christchurch Airport, Christchurch New Zealand
Large cargo warehouses and an aircraft parking apron were relocated as part of the Dakota Park freight facility project. Our team constructed an aircraft parking ramp necessary for cargo service aircraft parking as well as a new connector taxiway from the freight apron to the end of Runway 29.
One challenge we faced was working in a restricted area along a closed runway that could be re-opened to aircraft landing if the wind shifted northwest. We relied on hourly weather reports, but also addressed the possible operational change with thorough planning of construction processes, aggressive but realistic production goals, and vigilant supervision.
We beat our programmed finish time for the phase, airport operations were never delayed, and our efficient and timely process within a critical area helped speed the work.
As the engineer’s representative, Vogt CE provided regular and timely inspection of contractor milestones. Vogt CE ensures airside construction projects are built within operational constraints and have reconstructed taxiways and runways under a multitude of airport conditions while providing invaluable input during construction phasing development.
Meeting operational requirements at airports can be a challenge but understanding these needs and adapting construction processes are key to minimising disruption to an airport.