Jordans Precast Airport

by Raymond J. Hodge, (F.ASCE), Partner; Tippetts-Abbett-McCarthy-Stratton, Washington, D.C.,
Ronald W. Pulling, (F.ASCE), Consultant; Tippetts-Abbett-McCarthy-Stratton, Washington, D.C.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1984, Vol. 54, Issue 11, Pg. 48-50

Document Type: Feature article


The design and construction of the New Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan required extensive innovation and site adaptation to integrate international standards with the use of local labor and materials. With wood, hard rock, sand, water, and local labor all being in short supply, prefabricated concrete structural members designed on a modular scheme improved quality control and reduced cost. Modification of standard concrete pavement specifications involved techniques to reduce evaporation and allow for lower density compaction than normally used. Located near the rapidly growing capital city of Amman, the airport layout provides for future expansion without disruption of existing services in economical increments.

Subject Headings: Airports and airfields | Water quality | Standards and codes | Labor | Developing countries | Construction sites | Construction materials | Jordan | Middle East | Asia

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