Client: Wichita Airport Authority
Location: 3512 N. Webb Rd., Wichita, KS
Category: Civil Construction
Architect: Garver, LLC
Year of Completion: 2022
The Colonel James Jabara Airport is a general aviation airport for Wichita, KS, located at 3512 North Webb Rd. The Wichita Airport Authority originally approved the plan to build the airport in the year of 1978. The airport now features aviation maintenance, sales, and aviation educational opportunities, with companies such as Midwest Corporate Aviation, and Wichita State University Tech.
In March of 2022, Snodgrass and Sons began planning the process of repairing the runway and wind cone replacement. The civil construction for the runway includes: saw cutting and demolishing concrete panels, excavating subgrade and installing a new compacted rock subgrade. Drilled dowels and dowel baskets are installed for the joints and wire reinforcing added.
A unique effort challenging the team includes pouring high early concrete to meet 4,000 PSI in less than 12 hours in order to open the runway for the next day’s operations. Meticulously scheduled shutdowns, nights and weekend work helped accomplish the feat of assuring the project was expeditiously performed while providing quality service; ensuring Jabara Airport operations could continue as uninterrupted as possible.
The repairs includes 2,905 LF joint repair and 70 Sq. Ft. of spall repairs and 711 Sq. Yds concrete panel replacement. The entire project requires 301 Tons of 3/4″ aggregate, 337 Sq. Yds of diamond grinding, 40,000 PSI hydroblasting, and grooving. The runway was fully painted with 94,720 permanent runway markings by Cillessen & Sons, Inc. In addition, a partial depth asphalt patch, 1,124 Sq. Yds of cold milling and commercial grade asphalt utilized.
The wind cone replacement includes installation of a new wind cone in a separate location (North of the existing wind cone), with a segmented circle marker system. The existing wind cone required demolition and gravel base removed.