Firm wins award for runway renovation

Posted: December 10, 2012

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — An engineering organization recently recognized a Richmond-based engineering firm for its work in reconstructing and renovating the Winchester Regional Airport’s runway.

Delta Airport Consultants Inc. received a merit award in the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia’s [ACEC] Engineering Excellence Awards, according to a news release from the ACEC.

The Regional Airport recently renovated its 5,500-foot runway because the asphalt on it was at the end of its lifespan. About 4,500 feet of the runway was removed and rebuilt during the project.

The improvements increased the runway’s weight capacity, fixed a design flaw in the runway, gave the runway about a 20-year pavement lifespan, and updated lighting equipment to help planes land in adverse weather conditions, according to Serena “Renny” Manuel, the airport’s executive director.

Delta has been the airport’s consulting firm since the mid-1980s, and the firm has helped plan and design approximately $30 million in capital improvements to the facilities since 1987, Manuel said Friday, adding that Delta’s experience and responsiveness to what the Winchester Regional Airport needs has been a great asset.

“The one thing Delta has always done is they try to make sure that whatever we do today we’re not going to have tear up once we get to another project farther out,” Manuel said.

The design that Delta came up with cost about $496,000, and the construction cost approximately $7.5 million, with 95 percent coming from the Federal Aviation Authority, 3 percent funding from Virginia, and 2 percent funding from the localities representing the Winchester Regional Airport Authority — the City of Winchester and Frederick, Clarke, Warren and Shenandoah counties.

— Contact Matt Armstrong