Learn Strategies for Smoother Airport Project Planning in HDR’s Latest ‘Experts Talk’

Engaging stakeholders early and encouraging flexibility can head off potential problems on airport projects, says aviation expert Joe Grubbs in HDR’s latest Expert Talks interview. In this interview, Grubbs describes strategies for getting stakeholders involved in the development of construction safety and phasing plans, and he explains that doing so can help get people on board with a project and mitigate any potential disruptions.

Joe Grubbs

“On almost any airfield project, there are a number of different stakeholders that have a variety of different operational needs, and all of them want to minimize the disruption to what they have to do,” Grubbs says. “Our job is to meet those desires as much as possible, while prioritizing safety, budgets and efficiency.”

Grubbs, HDR’s aviation technical director, has nearly three decades of experience in the aviation industry, with expertise in a broad range of complex airfield design and construction projects. He’s working on our projects to modernize the Pittsburgh International Airport facilities, to rehabilitate the commercial runway at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Ky., and to design a new runway and taxiways at Tucson International Airport.

Connect with Grubbs on LinkedIn, and learn more about our fast-growing aviation practice on HDR’s website.

HDR’s Experts Talk interview series shines a light on various aspects of transportation infrastructure design and delivery. Each subject matter expert offers unique expertise and insights about new and ongoing trends, emerging technologies and the human side of infrastructure.

Previous Experts Talk interviews include:

  • Kevin Ashton on how a holistic approach to airport projects will deliver the best outcomes. Ashton talks about bringing an architect’s eye to find solutions to client’s problems.
  • Justin Robbins on how emerging technologies can maximize land use and minimize long-term maintenance costs. Robbins explores the relationship between transportation and our built environment.

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