A joint venture led by CH2M Hill has been selected by the City of Philadelphia's Division of Aviation to manage a $6.4bn capacity enhancement programme (CEP) at Philadelphia International Airport, US.
The joint venture, known as Global Program Partners also includes Washington-based Delon Hampton & Associates and CMTS from Dallas.
CH2M HILL International Division president Jacque Rast said that the Capacity Enhancement Program will be the city's largest economic development effort in a generation, creating tens of thousands of jobs for Philadelphian residents.
"The programme will also have a transformative effect throughout this great region, creating a modern domestic and international gateway," Rast added.
Under the initial $25m four-year phase contract, the joint venture will supervise the project's financial, engineering, design and scheduling tasks.
The CEP, which is intended to create an improved airport for metropolitan Philadelphia that will serve as a new and modern global gateway to the region, includes major infrastructure improvements.
The project is expected to take 12 to 15 years to complete and includes construction of a new runway, the extension of two other runways, construction of an automated people mover and the building of a new ground transportation centre.
The airport expansion project also includes new corporate hangars, the construction of combined rental car facilities and associated parking, as well as airport support, such as rescue and fire fighting.
The project also features the relocation and expansion of a fuel farm, an additional de-icing facility, relocation of an air traffic control (ATC) tower, a new centralised airport maintenance facility, a new cargo city facility and transfer of existing UPS freight-handling facility.
Image: The Philadelphia airport's capacity enhancement programme is expected to take 12 to 15 years for completion. Photo: courtesy of CH2M HILL.