Engineering and Design

Armstrong has been successfully planning, designing, and constructing commercial service, general aviation, and military airports for 30 years. Serving sponsors within an eight state region, all projects are designed in accordance with the most current FAA design standards and AIP program policies and procedures. Because we dedicate all our resources exclusively to airport clients, our firm has been able to streamline its project management process – concentrating on design integrity, cost efficiency, and quality control.

We are experts at solving difficult challenges in every conceivable regulatory, political, geographical, atmospheric, topographic, and economic environment. Armstrong’s comprehensive airport engineering services include:

  • Design Plans and Specifications
  • Geotechnical Investigation
  • Pavement Design
  • Airport Grading and Drainage Design
  • Airfield Lighting and NAVAIDs
  • ARFF & SRE Specification and Procurement
  • ARFF & SRE Storage Buildings

  • Hangar Infrastructure Design
  • Parking Area Design
  • Contractor Bidding
  • State and Federal Funding Expertise
  • Value Engineering
  • Landside Development

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Engineering and Design Projects
  • Grand Canyon West Airport

    New Airport Planning, Design & Construction

    Peach Springs, Arizona

    The Grand Canyon West Airport exemplifies Armstrong’s ability to manage very large and diverse projects in challenging environments while maintaining an undiminished operation schedule at one of the busiest commercial airports in the state of Arizona. The original airport was on the west rim of the Grand Canyon; an unimproved strip that was used infrequently. Working collaboratively with the Hualapai Nation and the FAA, this spectacular airport became a reality.

    Armstrong literally designed and built this airport from below the ground up. Starting with an Airport Master Plan, our firm also obtained the original permits for this commercial service airport, preparing the necessary FAA Form 7460’s and 7480’s.

    This new sponsor had never received FAA funds and extensive coordination and communication between the Tribe and FAA was facilitated by our firm. As a result, more than $40 million of funding was secured from local and federal agencies. Moving forward, Armstrong designed and engineered the new airport and inspected its construction. Numerous challenges were overcome, including development in a very remote and difficult location, rugged geology, an extremely environmentally sensitive area, and a complex political environment.

    Today, this Part 139 certificated airport features a brand new runway and taxiway system, an apron to accommodate significant fixed-wing commercial traffic, an extensive system of helipads, and a well-developed infrastructure with safe and convenient roads and walkways supporting approximately 100,000 enplaned passengers and 30,000 passengers from aircraft tour buses. It has become the fourth busiest airport in the state of Arizona.
    Grand Canyon West Airport | New Airport Planning, Design & Construction | Peach Springs, Arizona
  • Grand County Airport

    Runway Reconstruction

    Granby, Colorado

    Across 2009-2010, all pavement and lighting was replaced or reconstructed as part of a planned two-year construction project. In an attempt to match available funding, three construction schedules were developed. Work concentrated on the runway and runway safety area, aprons, edge lights, and REIL and PAPI systems. Existing asphalt pavement was pulverized, recycled, and used onsite to maximize cost savings.
    Grand County Airport | Runway Reconstruction | Granby, Colorado
  • Roswell International Air Center

    Rehabilitate Taxiway C

    Roswell, New Mexico

    In 2011, Roswell's Taxiway C was in dire need of rehabilitation. The top several inches of asphalt was rotomilled off and the existing surface sealed and overlaid with new asphalt. A separate schedule was awarded to rehabilitate the Taxiway C shoulders in a similar fashion. The pricing of the bids allowed both schedules to be awarded, built, and the taxiway system successfully rehabilitated within budget.
    Roswell International Air Center | Rehabilitate Taxiway C | Roswell, New Mexico
  • Canyonlands Field Airport

    Pavement Maintenance on Apron, Taxiway A, A1, A2, A3 through A7 and Runway 3/21

    Moab, Utah

    In 2011, this asphalt apron's surface was severally deteriorated and presented debris issues. The existing apron consisted of a hot-mix asphalt surface over a cold-mix recycled asphalt base that was a popular construction technique in the 1980's. A thorough geotechnical investigation, combined with Armstrong's long-term institutional knowledge of the on-site material, provided a design comfort level to simply mill off and replace the existing hot-mix surface. This treatment provided significant cost and time savings compared to a full-depth reconstruction. The tie-downs and taxilane geometry were re-configured on the new apron surface to conform to current FAA design criteria. A custom concrete hardstand was also constructed to help handle the jet aircraft that frequent this popular tourist and filming destination.
    Canyonlands Field Airport | Pavement Maintenance on Apron, Taxiway A, A1, A2, A3 through A7 and Runway 3/21 | Moab, Utah
  • Scobey Airport

    Fuel System Improvements and Relocation

    Scobey, Montana

    The previous fuel facility consisted of a single 4,500 gallon tank and pump. The tank was partitioned and held 3,000 gallons of 100LL and 1,500 gallons of Jet A. This project included the installation and relocation of a 5,000 gallon AvGas tank and a 10,000 gallon Jet A tank with new pumps, piping, and a credit card system. Both tanks were double-walled tanks.
    Scobey Airport | Fuel System Improvements and Relocation | Scobey, Montana
  • Winnemucca Municipal Airport

    Lighting & Signage

    Winnemucca, Nevada

    The Winnemucca Municipal Airport's 2.5-mile taxiway system joining Runways 14/30 and 2/20 to the terminal area was unlighted prior to 2008. The airport secured federal funding to install blue taxiway edge lighting along this entire taxiway system. At the same time, new PAPI systems were installed at three of the four runway ends. REIL systems were also installed at each runway end. Throughout the airport, signage was upgraded and replaced as necessary to comply with FAA standards and supplemented at several locations to enhance safe taxiing procedures. All this work, utilizing over 11 miles of new conductor wire, was packaged into four separate schedules for funding and contract manageability. All four schedules were constructed for less than the original engineer's estimate.
    Winnemucca Municipal Airport | Lighting & Signage | Winnemucca, Nevada