Architecture, environmental and construction firm HDR has secured a contract from Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) to offer civil engineering services for its five airports in South Florida, US, aimed at supporting $1.5bn in capital improvements.

MDAD launched a five-year capital improvement programme for all five of its airports to meet the growing demand for aviation services in South Florida.

Under the terms of the contract, HDR will offer services for the rehabilitation of runways, upgrades to aprons, taxiways and underground utilities for five airports, including Miami International.

Additionally, the company will design federally-funded airfield safety enhancements at each airport as well as airside accommodations for existing larger aircraft.

“These projects will help accommodate the fleet changes airports are seeing right now, especially from international operators.”

HDR will also design improvements for four general aviation airports including Miami Opa Locka Executive, and Miami Executive Airport.

HDR’s civil design team will consider the impacts of sea level rise and increasing groundwater tables. The team will apply considerations that take resilience to these factors into account across all projects.

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HDR East Region aviation manager Tim Fish said: “These projects will help accommodate the fleet changes airports are seeing right now, especially from international operators, and lay the groundwork for planned terminal expansions and modernisations.”

HDR aviation director Bill Peduzzi said: “Our combination of a strong local team and national aviation expertise will foster innovative outcomes that help MDAD stay competitive in the global market and strengthen the communities served by these airports.”

HDR is also serving as the lead engineer for the transformative Terminal Modernisation Programme at Pittsburgh International and for LAX’s $4.9bn P3 project to install an automated people mover.

Furthermore, the company led civil design for Fort Lauderdale’s new Terminal 1 and Concourse A and is leading the design of airfield safety enhancements at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky.