Pre-Design Services for the referenced project will soon commence. This follows the signing of a professional consulting services contract between the RMIPA and AECOM Technical Services Inc. (AECOM). AECOM, which has an office in Honolulu HI, is a global leader and provider of engineering and management services and “has been providing consulting engineering services to the Hawaii and Western Pacific Region for over 50 years.”
A team of AECOM engineers are expected to travel to Majuro the week of July 21, 2014 to commence site investigation and survey works to determine the nature and condition of the existing concrete wall. “The wall at the airport is more than 20 years old and is in poor condition,” says RMIPA Director Jack Chong-Gum. “The existing wall is a crucial and valuable asset of the airport infrastructure as it not only prevents inundation of the runway from ocean water but also protects contamination of the water catchment.” The runway water catchment supplies approximately 223 million gallons (source: MWSC, 2011) of rainwater annually to the island’s main water reservoirs near the airport. “So you can appreciate why the RMIPA is taking a proactive approach by developing necessary design solutions to improve and reinforce the concrete wall in order to prolong its useful life and also to ensure it is able to withstand future wave forces,” Chong-Gum added.
Installation of the new security perimeter fence at the ocean side of the runway should commence shortly after completion of the wall repairs. The fence is to address security concerns raised by civil aviation authorities, as well as to prevent wildlife from accessing the airport operations area. Wildlife such as dogs, cats and birds are a safety risk to aircraft operations.
The RMIPA will provide updates on this project as work progresses.