Client: Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region
Completion Date: Design: 2013; Construction: 2014
Location: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Fla.


As part of an on-call contract, Burns & McDonnell designed upgraded navigational aids (NAVAIDS) to support a major runway expansion at Fort Lauderdale International Airport. The runway project replaces the existing 5,276-foot-by-100-foot runway with a 8,000-foot-by-150-foot runway. NAVAIDS facilities for the expanded runway include a medium-intensity lighting system with sequenced flashing lights (MALSF), localizer (LOC), glide slope (GS), touchdown runway visual range (RVR), and distance measuring equipment (DME) at each runway end. Since the runway end elevation will be raised approximately 60 feet above existing grade, the MALSF stands on RW 28L will be mounted on towers ranging from 56 feet to 68 feet tall.


  • Electrical engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Environmental evaluation
  • Utility coordination
  • FAA coordination
  • Code compliance reviews


  • 8,000-foot-by-150-foot runway
  • Medium-intensity lighting system with sequenced flashing lights (MALSF)
  • Localizer (LOC)
  • Glide slope (GS)
  • Touchdown runway visual range (RVR)
  • Distance measuring equipment (DME)