Kiewit, one of the largest transportation contractors in North America, constructs and upgrades interstate; highways and bridges; rail lines and rail yards; urban mass transit systems; and airport runways, taxiways and associated facilities. Kiewit’s capabilities are reinforced by one of the largest privately-owned fleets of construction equipment in North America, which enables the company to rapidly mobilize the necessary resources for any project. Engineering News-Record (ENR) consistently ranks Kiewit among the top transportation contractors in the United States. In 2015, Kiewit was ranked the No. 2 contractor in transportation, as well as No. 2 in bridges and mass rail, and No. 3 in highways. During the past 10 years, Kiewit constructed 1,000 transportation projects totaling nearly $30 billion in contract revenue. About 70 percent of these projects were delivered using negotiated procurement methods, including best value and A+B bids.
As part of a modernization program at O'Hare International Airport, a Kiewit-led joint venture completed a $62 million project to construct Runway 9L-27R. The project included constructing a full-length parallel taxiway and associated high-speed exit and crossover taxiways between the parallel taxiway and the runway.
This $11.8 million berth allows vehicles to travel from the parking area to the ferry. The 137-metre-long structure involved construction of dolphins, wingwalls, catwalks, foot passenger walkways, upper and lower vehicular loading ramps and aprons, hydraulic lifting towers, and a waterproofing and asphaltic wearing surface on the approach.
Major challenges on this $40 million project included working in the middle of one of the busiest taxiways at the world's fourth largest airport, within 500 feet of departing aircraft and around live utilities. The project realigned Taxiway C and lengthened Sepulveda Boulevard, an adjacent six-lane highway.
Constructed primarily from midnight to 6 a.m. in just 21 months, this $23 million portion of the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Automated People Mover System involved 6,000 feet of elevated guideway, substructures and superstructures at Terminals A and C. This challenging work was performed during ongoing airport operations.
Over a 13-year period, Kiewit has constructed $132 million worth of taxiways, runways and terminals at the DFW Airport. In June 1995, Kiewit completed reconstruction of the $2.2 million Taxiway K project. This taxiway, a major eastside artery, involved reworking the subgrade and demolition and removal of 15,000 square yards of 17-inch-thick concrete taxiway.
Completed in August 2003, the North Runway project was built in 66 different phases and routed through a series of existing warehouse taxiways to maintain access to active businesses. This $115 million project included constructing an 8,600-foot-long runway, two taxiways, drainage, demolition, utilities, electrical and communications work, and concrete and asphalt paving.
The city of Phoenix and Sky Harbor International Airport awarded Kiewit this project. Close coordination with air operations was critical to allow for continuous airline movement at all times. During the 1,030 construction days, project personnel worked more than 220,000 hours without any recordable incidents.
To accommodate the increasing number of passengers, Kiewit reconstructed Taxiway S, located between Terminals 3 and 4. The new taxiway was open for aircraft in December 2005 upon completion of an aggressive eight-month schedule. Through close cooperation with airport authorities, construction was completed with minimal disruptions to the public and airlines.