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MIA New North Side Runway

Miami, Florida

Market Sector



Airside Infrastructure

Services Provided




As a member of the design team, T.Y. Lin International provided overall project management, airfield civil engineering design, and airfield electrical design engineering services for the construction of a new 8,600-foot (2,621 meter) air carrier runway including all associated taxiways and circulation roadways on the north side of the Miami International Airport. The work included fast track design to capture State and Federal funding. The project was carefully phased to insure 1) continuation of accessibility for tenants, 2) rerouting and upgrading of the underground infrastructure, 3) maintaining enough remote aircraft parking to the accommodate operational needs of the airport, and 4) addressing contaminated soils and groundwater that transverse the site.

Project Highlights:

  • New Air Carrier Runway and Associated Taxiways
  • Detailed Construction Phasing
  • Airfield Lighting, NAVAIDs, and New Airfield Lighting Vault
  • Construction Administration & Inspection
  • Environmental Services

The airfield electrical engineering encompassed the new parallel taxiway K & L and the new taxiway connectors between the existing Runway 9L-27R and the new Runway 8L-26R. The work scope included the renovation to the airfield lighting vault and the airfield computerized control system, and the placement of the existing touch screen video monitor in the control tower. The firm also designed the FAA navigational aids, including the 26 PAPI, REIL, and Localizer DME systems for Runway 8L-26R.

The firm was also responsible for identifying and coordinating all environmental aspects of the new runway design, including contamination, permitting, dewatering, and natural systems. The firm performed initial survey/assessment of construction on burrowing owls. Specifications were developed for soils handling, endangered species, and management of aquatic species in canals to be filled.