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Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, 2000 OCEA
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At groundbreaking in November 1994, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport was the largest project undertaken by the City of Austin. It has become an incredible asset to the City of Austin, both for its much-needed expansion of air traffic facilities and for its elimination of the costs associated with maintaining the decommissioned Bergstrom Air Force Base. Conversion of the Air Force Base was a $750 million dollar investment and consisted of a 25 gate passenger terminal, a 10,500 space parking facility, a new 9,000 foot concrete runway and parallel taxiway, environmental cleanup of over 480 hazardous material sites left by the Air Force, and recycling of over 350,000 tons of former Air Force base airfield concrete. Transfer of air traffic from the existing Robert Mueller Municipal Airport to the new facility reduced noise impact on people from 30,000 to less than 2,000 and saved over $50 million in sound insulation costs.


In order to contain costs and minimize environmental impact, engineers were careful in their assessment of which new structures to build and which to keep and modify.  They were, for example, able to reuse a 12,250 ft Air Force runway by adding a new lighting system and runway grooving, and constructing a new connecting taxiway - saving 75% of the cost of building a new one.  Additionally, engineers had the challenge of designing and constructing facilities around, through, over, and under functional areas of the airport in order to keep them open during construction. The facility was designed to have minimal environmental impact by incorporating green building practices such as the reuse and recycling of existing infrastructure, the use of local building materials, and minimal depletion of natural resources in facilities use (e.g. use of a unique thermal storage system to cool the Barbara Jordan Passenger Terminal). In recognition of these efforts, the FAA Southwest Region awarded Austin-Bergstrom their 1997 Environmental Achievement Award.

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