Aviation Projects

Airports change with new technology, expand with growth and improve services for the public. The airport's highly specialized environment is a world ZHA knows well. With three decades of experience, we've learned what makes airports run efficiently and how our professional services can be effective. We've successfully managed large airport expansion programs, overseeing complex projects that have used multiple contractors. We've also excelled at providing general consulting on numerous diverse assignments covering all aspects of airport operations--from concessions to security equipment and passenger processing.

Featured Projects


Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport
General Consulting and Engineering Services
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, Panama City, Florida

ZHA was selected to provide professional services to the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport under a five-year contract. The Airport has a 7-gate, 105,000-square-foot terminal, which completed construction in May 2010. Work tasks covered under this contract include site work, landside and airside terminal facilities, roadways, parking, airfield, apron and support facilities.

Projects under this contract consist of building design and construction; roadway design and construction; taxiway construction and reconstruction; runway construction and reconstruction; aircraft parking apron construction; parking facility design and construction; land acquisition; drainage and stormwater related projects; airfield lighting improvements; tenant facility relocation; project inspection; construction management; airport planning and design; and regulatory compliance.

Current and recently completed projects include:

  • United Airlines Ticket Office Build-out
  • New Gate Markings Design
  • Errors & Omissions Analysis
  • Army Corps of Engineers 404 Permit Support
  • General Aviation Support Services
  • Master Plan Coordination
  • Stormwater Management System Augmentation Project
  • Bag Make-up Study
  • Pushback Apron & Air Traffic Control Tower Security Project
  • Water Quality Monitoring
  • Covered Airport Terminal Parking & Pedestrian Walkway
  • Qualified Mitigation Supervision & Mitigation Monitoring
  • Water Harvesting
  • EA Phase II Airport Expansion
  • MRO Facilities – New Development
  • Crosswind Runway Project Development Plan
  • Airport Signage Support
Los Angeles World Airports
Program Management Services
Los Angeles World Airports, California

ZHA provided consulting services to the Los Angeles World Airports Authority for a $6.0 billion Capital Improvements Program. The project scope included analysis for the expansion of the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) by 9 gates and the new Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) program.

The planned MSC will provide LAX with 24 additional gates and accommodate a new large aircraft fleet. ZHA's role included concept analysis, project scheduling, and feasibility analysis. The program scope included relocation of existing hangar/support facilities, the addition/relocation of taxiways, and inter-terminal tunnel connections, as well as the relocation of infrastructure to a new central energy plant.

Scope of services included reviewing the existing Airport Master Plans (if available) and updating or creating the Land Use Plans with alternatives; verify the nature and type of terrain to ensure that the proposed land use is sustainable; designate land use classification for airport development; audit existing land use pattern (with a view to accommodate existing non-aeronautical land use within the new land use proposal; support PSA in developing a sustainable airport land use plan; and plan for adequate expansion of infrastructure and support facilities and potential expansion of existing aeronautical facilities.

Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria
Land Use Planning
Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria

ZHA Incorporated was engaged by PSA/DaxCOMM to provide Land Use Planning for four airports in Nigeria: Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos; Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja; Magaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar; and Ilorin International Airport.

Existing Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) projections were analyzed for all four airports to 2020. Based upon these projections, land area requirements for airfield, terminal/apron, terminal support, cargo, general aviation, commercial, and government were calculated. From this, an existing and future land use graphic for each airport was produced showing the land area required for each specific land use category.

JetBlue Airways Training Facility
Training Facility
JetBlue Airways - OIA

As a subconsultant to Suitt Construction Company on this design-build project,ZHAAs a subconsultant to Suitt Construction Company on this design-build project, ZHA provided permitting, project scheduling and field support during the building of JetBlue Airways' 80,000-square-foot flight training center at Orlando International Airport.

The training center has a capacity for eight flight simulators. When the center opened in late 2005, JetBlue had four Airbus A320 simulators and two EMBRAER 190 jet flight simulators. The center also has two cabin simulators, plus classrooms, administrative areas, cabin crew training equipment, a training pool and a firefighting training station.

JetBlue uses this facility for the continuous training of all its pilots and inflight crews, as well as for support training for the airline's technical operations and customer service crews.