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With the (COVID-19) crisis, airports around the country have been suddenly put in a difficult position, with the precipitous drop in passenger levels, which have in turn led to a steep decline in revenue. Airports are also now facing new operating demands, strains on their ability to meet their debt obligations, and increasing pressures to reduce costs while maintaining a safe operating environment for passengers and staff. This panel will feature airport owners and operators from across the country in a discussion on ways in which they are delivering real results for airports amid the (COVID-19) crisis.
Dr. Patricia Ryan, Director of Aviation, IOS Partners
Richard Spencer, Associate Principal, Regional Leader Aviation, Woods Bagot
William Gerard, Vice President, Senior Construction Manager – Newark Liberty International Airport Redevelopment – Port Authority NY NJ, WSP
William Swelbar, Chief Industry Strategist, Delta Airport Consultants, Inc.
12:50-1:40: The State of U.S. Airport Expansion & Capital Improvement Programs
Maintaining and enhancing airport infrastructure is critical; it is one of the greatest challenges that airport owners and operators face. Capital expenditure is usually the first casualty of any downtown. In the current climate it might be expected that infrastructure plans might be revised or even cancelled altogether. In some cases that is happening, but so far in the world’s top 50 airports by passenger numbers most of them are non-committal about such action, or at least they are not talking about it. In this panel, panelists will look the current state of pre-Covid expansion and capital improvement programs and examine what the future may look like.
Geoffrey Ax, Aviation Practice Leader / Principal, Populous
Api Appulingam, P.E., Deputy Director of Aviation, Capital Development, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
Greg S. Campbell, P.E., Chief Airports Engineer, Airports Development Program, LAWA
Kurt Stanich, Airport Director, Waukesha County
Pat Askew, Global Aviation Practice Director, Principal, HKS
Paul Priegel, C.M., Airport Director, Stillwater Regional Airport
2:00-2:50: Smart Airports
Just as a smart home is where internet-connected devices control functions like security and thermostats, smart airports use cloud-based technologies to simplify and improve services.
According to Architectural Record published in 2019, over 50 airports in the US are collectively projected to account for up to $70 billion in construction projects in the next three years. These projected not only focuses on renovation and modification, but also aims to refurbish, manufacture, install and operate the ITT systems. This panel will examine how airport owners and operators using implementing “smart airport” solutions to create better experiences for stakeholders.
Jim Houghton, Business Development Director, Airports, Engineering, Construction & Operations, Vertical – Americas, Wipro Limited
Al Lyons, Senior Vice President, Firmwide Director of IT & Electronic Systems, HOK
David Young, Senior Emergency Manager, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
Werner Maritz, Public Sector and Infrastructure Industry Strategy, Oracle Construction and Engineering
James “Buzz” Mason, Assistant Airport Director, Yeager Airport
Mark Hughes, QA BIM Manager, Denver International Airport
2:50-3:40: Airport Infrastructure Investment Market – A Look at the ‘Moving Forward Act’
Several attempts have been made to project some investment, from either the public or private sector, into the U.S’s ageing airport infrastructure, which Donald Trump described as ‘Third World’ standard before his 2016 election. Now, within the framework of a proposed ‘Moving Forward Act’ which covers many walks of life, another attempt is being made. And it includes stimuli for solar farms (which can be deployed at airports), air traffic control improvements, and sustainable aviation fuels as well. This one appears to have cross-party (Republican and Democrat) support, probably fashioned out of the strange times we are in, so it possibly has a better chance of adoption.
Marcos Souza, Director of Aviation/Senior Aviation Project Manager, EXP
Eliot Lees, Vice President, ICF
Nate Hahn, Executive Director, Evansville Vanderburgh Airport Authority
Robert Chicas, Director of Aviation + Transportation, HOK
Jesus Saenz, Director of Airports, San Antonio Airport System
3:40-4:00: Networking Break