Newark Airport Pilots Cost-Saving Runway Paving Concept

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1978, Vol. 48, Issue 6, Pg. 76-79


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: The NYC Met Section nominee for the 1978 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award was the expansion of Newark International Airport. The $200 million redevelopment included a new runway, three terminal buildings and computer-controlled traffic and parking. Terminal buildings, which service 80 aircraft loading positions, have roofing systems consisting of concrete inverted umbrellas, the largest of which are 115 ft by 120 ft. Umbrellas were formed of four hyperbolic paraboloid shells. Another significant feature of the project is the procedure developed and used to design runway pavements for jumbo jets. The design procedure was the first to consider aircraft response to pavement roughness, and impressive cost reductions resulted from the conversion of local materials into pavement components. A mixture of lime, cement and flyash was combined with sand and crushed stone for use as a pavement material. Its cost was about half that of an equivalent-performance asphalt pavement. The paving concept has since been used successfully at other airports.

Subject Headings: Civil engineering landmarks | Airport and airfield runways | Airport terminals | Flexible pavements | New Jersey | Pavements

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