PDC led this fast-tracked master plan update to a successful completion in one year. Because the ADOT&PF wanted to move directly into design projects following the plan’s completion, the master plan contained a more robust environmental analysis than a typical master plan. During the course of the project, PDC lead 4 public meetings, 2 stakeholder workshops, and 12 technical committee meetings.
Because of the increasing interest from oil and gas companies, the airport needed space for additional lease lots and expanded maintenance and operation facilities. Being adjacent to the community, expansion options were carefully vetted with the public.
Airport development challenges included:
- Extensive wetlands
- Presence of endangered species (Eiders)
- Widespread cultural artifacts and grave sites
- Limited and expensive gravel