After decades of working on a wide array of projects ranging from water and sewer to architectural, GMC found several of its clients seeking the same guidance and collaboration they had come to expect from the firm for their municipal airports. In 2006, GMC brought retired Col. Al Allenback on board to help fill this void with his extensive aviation knowledge. Allenback hired engineer Natalie Hobbs the following year, and the firm began providing airport planning and engineering services in-house.
Now 10 years later, the Airport Planning and Engineering team includes a full staff of engineers and planners and has become the fastest growing airport engineering consulting group in the Southeast. They remain on the front lines of the ever-evolving aspects of aviation and their impact on airports, including the integration of unmanned aerial systems, airport safety management systems, energy and sustainment and non-aeronautical revenue generation facilities. They have developed a reputation as thought leaders in their field, and continue to serve many of GMC’s long-time clients, offering creative solutions to complex challenges.
Some of their most recent accomplishments include:
After a runway extension project left the City of Troy with an unanticipated cost to relocate its traditional instrument landing system (ILS), the City consulted GMC for a second opinion. The GMC team not only developed a unique solution and installed a new landing system, but also saved the City more than $800,000 by avoiding additional land acquisition and environmental reassessment.
GMC has completed multiple rehabilitation projects on the airfield, ensuring no interruptions in air carrier operations by utilizing night work only. Resulting projects have been praised by project stakeholders and have been recognized with awards including the Alabama Asphalt Association Quality Paving Award.
GMC engineers performed a life cycle analysis to justify a $1 million project to reconstruct the existing asphalt apron with concrete when the main apron displayed signs of pavement failure.
The team not only developed an effective design to rehabilitate the failed pavement of the runway while protecting the surrounding infrastructure, but also completed the project under budget.