Communication delivers peace of mind: Exploring the differences between project delivery methods in aviation construction

America’s aviation industry has a real need for a trusted construction partner. ACI-NA calculates that there will be over $100 billion in airport infrastructure expansion through 2022, and forecasters project to a continued increase in passenger enplanements well into 2045, meaning that airports of all sizes will need to grow, modernize, and make imporovements for the next several decades. 

Maintaining a high-quality passenger experience and keeping airport operations uninterrupted during construction requires meticulous schedules, coordinated decision making, and dependable budgets. At the ACI-NA/ACC/AGC Airport Construction Strategy Summit held in Philadelphia May 22-23, 2018, Swinerton’s aviation project executive Shawna Tucci presented that regardless of project delivery method, stakeholder engagement and effective communication set the stage for project success.

Swinerton’s service-based approach yields unparalleled results for our aviation partners regardless of the delivery method by focusing on relationships and operational excellence. Driven by our pride of ownership, we deliver innovative solutions that go beyond the expected with a focus on communication, coordination, and collaboration. We provide peace of mind through our attention to stakeholder goals and your operational needs.

We have been working at Denver International Airport (DEN) since 2013, with projects that have ranged in scope from a four-story, cast-in-place, design-build parking structure to a design-bid-build airfield taxiway and gate expansion paving. We have also performed concourse escalator replacement and multiple airline ticketing and office relocations as part of an on-call contract with the airport. 

Our ability to effectively work behind the scenes of an operating airport environment is a direct result of trusted partnerships built between our team members and airport stakeholders. These relationships have developed through extensive project coordination, flexibility, constant communication and interface with all stakeholders. Meeting the needs and demands of stakeholders requires that all levels of the Swinerton team engage in active communication. We realize that with more than 53 million travelers passing through DEN last year, the passenger experience is a top priority for the airport. Through proactive planning and efforts to make our presence virtually invisible to the traveling public, our team provides uninterrupted passenger and operational services, which allows the airport to running smoothly and travelers moving comfortably. 

Swinerton is presenting and sponsoring at the P3 Aviation conference on July 23-24 in San Diego. We hope to see you there to share ideas and lessons learned on stakeholder engagement and project communication across all project delivery methods.