by Arnold I. Rosenberg, Vice President; Parsons Brinckerhoff Aviation, Austin, TX,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1997, Vol. 67, Issue 5, Pg. 56-58

Document Type: Feature article


To convert the Bergstrom Air Force Base into the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, planners needed to overcome various technical, social, political and environmental issues. To coordinate and address the different phases of the $630 million project, the city of Austin formed a public/private partnership with Parsons Brinckerhoff's aviation division. The team helped secure the necessary funds for the conversion and ensured proper communication between all the parties involved (the Air Force, the city of Austin, the Environmental Protection Agency, etc.). It also set guidelines for the remediation of contaminated areas of the base, the reuse of existing structures and facilities, and the maintenance of public support throughout the project.

Subject Headings: Project management | Urban areas | Public private partnership | Public buildings | Airports and airfields | Social factors | Political factors | Environmental issues

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