The Impact of COVID-19 on the Airport’s Capital Development Projects

The PHL/PNE Capital Development team is constantly in the process of modernizing the airport complexes to meet the evolving needs of travelers and remain world-class facilities. So, what is the team’s role now that PHL and PNE are experiencing reduced passenger traffic?

“Following Governor Wolf’s order to cease all non-life sustaining activities, we paused most Capital Development projects at PHL and PNE,” said Api Appulingam, Deputy Director of Aviation – Capital Development. “Every week we continue to review the scope, schedule, and budget of every project to determine if it advances or remains paused. We are prioritizing our airport’s needs, like repairing pavements and roofs.”

Some of the projects deemed critical to continue include:

  • Taxiway J Concrete Pavement Repairs: Repair selected concrete pavement sections along Taxiway J from Cargo City to the D concourse.
  • PHL East Airfield Rehabilitation: Restore various pavement areas on the east side of PHL to improve the serviceability of the pavement and eliminate structural deficiencies. 
  • Terminal Core B/C Roof Replacement: Remove the existing deteriorated roof system and replace it with new code compliant and improved roofing system. 
  • Terminal C Parking Garage Helix Repair: Renovate the deteriorated portions of the existing concrete helix that provides vehicle access to the upper levels of the parking garage. Repairs include stripping of the deteriorated waterproof coating, deteriorated concrete patching, and installation of a new waterproof coating.

The Capital Development Team has also been working on projects that are critical to the airport’s passenger operations, such as replacing or rehabbing elevators, escalators and moving walkways throughout the terminals.

“All projects that have advanced have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place that follows the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The safety of our employees and independent contractors is our top priority,” said Appulingam. “We recognize that construction is vital to our economy and we look forward to resuming all of our projects in accordance with state guidelines.”


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