LCCA and Pavement Design for The New Parallel Runway at Calgary International Airport

Author(s): G. Nowak
ASCE TDI 2013, November 2013

The Parallel Runway Project (Runway 17L-35R) at Calgary International Airport will be the longest runway in Canada when completed in May, 2014. It is a new 14,000 ft x 200 ft (4,267 m x 60 m) runway, apron and associated taxiway system with over 1,100,000 yd2  (920,000 m2) of concrete paving. The construction of a new parallel runway was planned since the early 1970s when the land was acquired by the Government of Canada and both aeronautical height zoning and land use patterns have been controlled by the City of Calgary since that time to minimize residential development surrounding the new runway. The new runway will provide the airport with a FAA Group VI (ICAO Code F) CAT IIIA all-weather airport runway to satisfy the related economic needs of the Calgary region.

This paper will describe the Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) that was developed to evaluate the rigid and flexible pavement design alternatives that were considered for the new runway and the resulting selection of a concrete pavement for the new runway and taxiway system. Both FAA FAARFIELD and Transport Canada (ASG- 19) pavement design methodologies were considered but only the FAA sections were used in the LCCA evaluation and final pavement design.