Capital Facelift Takes Flight

by Richard Cullerton, (M.ASCE), Deputy Manager; Engineering Division, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority,
Albert J. Gravallese, Corporate Principal; Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall, Los Angeles, CA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1996, Vol. 66, Issue 4, Pg. 40-43

Document Type: Feature article


Since 1988, one of the largest and most complex airport renovation projects in U.S. aviation history has been under way in Washington, D.C. Known as the Capital Development Program, the $2-billion project focuses on Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport. While the airports share some similarities simply by virtue of their function, they also maintain many differences. This article examines the challenges involved at each site, as designers, engineers, and construction crews work alongside the day-to-day operations at two of the nation's busiest airports.

Subject Headings: Airports and airfields | Project management | Construction sites | Asset management | Renovation | History | Flight

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