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Airport Improvement Highlights Kimley-Horn Project Pressing on Despite Global Pandemic

Kimley-Horn Enhances San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport

San Juan Airport Improvement Eileen Velez-Vega

While there are fewer people traveling through airports during the pandemic, progress on airport improvement projects is not slowing down. As recently highlighted in Airport Improvement, members of Kimley-Horn’s Puerto Rico office are keeping airfield improvements on track at San Juan’s Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU).

Under normal conditions, our team visits project sites to be as hands-on as possible, but when SJU shut down operations during the project bidding process, we had to get creative. Eileen Velez-Vega, P.E., led a team of more than 50 people across 10 offices that collaborated remotely around the clock to meet immovable Federal Aviation Authority deadlines.

Speaking to Airport Improvement, Velez-Vega noted that having a nationwide team meant, “we could have five separate calls on the same project for different project design elements. It was challenging to get everyone on a call at the same time, but we made it work. We had a 24-hour workday.”

Read the full article to see how our Aviation group created master schedules, secured contractors, and employed technology to help SJU keep its taxiway improvement project going despite extraordinary circumstances.


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