Michigan airport consultant of the year award based on three great projects

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Mark Noel (left) presents award to Ron Engel
Mark Noel (left) presents award to Ron Engel

Mead & Hunt was named Robert G. Peckham Consultant of the Year by the Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics. Citing three projects as influential in the selection, Mark Noel, Manager of the Planning and Development Section of MDOT Office of Aeronautics, identified Mead & Hunt’s work at Willow Run Airport, West Michigan Regional Airport and the Michigan Airport System Plan for MDOT.

I couldn’t be prouder of my Michigan team for the work they’ve done on these three projects. Well, I’m always proud of the entire Mead & Hunt aviation team, but this week I want to give a shout out to the Michiganders. Let me share a little about these three noteworthy projects.

We are preparing the Willow Run Airport Master Plan update. Key issues for Willow Run include strategic planning, extensive public outreach and stakeholder program, and “right-sizing” the airport facilities for the future. A shout out to our client for that project, the Wayne County Airport Authority, for winning the Sponsor of the Year award for the Air Carrier Category.

Congratulations to another one of our clients, the West Michigan Regional Airport, which received the Airport Sponsor of the Year in the General Aviation Airport category from MDOT. This award recognizes sustained excellence in service to the aviation community. In particular, the WMAA was selected in recognition of the outstanding local efforts involved in the recent completion of the new state-of-the-art Airport Business Center and Aircraft Apron projects, projects for which Mead & Hunt was the prime consultant.

And last but not least, Mark’s third project cited was our work on the Michigan Aviation System Plan. The plan includes an update of the “Community Benefits Assessment” tool, which helps demonstrate the value of airports individually and aviation for all of Michigan. The Mead & Hunt team helped develop a system where goals are directly tied to unique features of the state such as islands and tourism. When we wrap up this project, the MASP will provide individual assessments of each airport, evaluating their ability to meet facility goals to prepare for capital improvement planning exercises.

Winning the MDOT Consultant of the Year Award is pretty fantastic (there may have been a few “happy dances” in our Lansing office). This is the fourth time since 2000 that Mead & Hunt has been recognized for excellence in aviation consultant services and our dedication to airport development in Michigan. We will continue to strive for the satisfaction of the people we serve with the highest level of integrity.

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Front Row (sitting down): Stephanie Ward, Ron Engel, Sean Thompson; Second row (Left to right): Al Romero, Olivia Pina, Ann Hulbert, Zachary Puchacz, Jeff Thoman, Tom Ward; Back row (Left to right): Dan Kehoe, Ben Hoover, Jared Kowalewsky, Bill Ropposch, Mark Breukink, Courtney Moeggenberg.

Ron Engel, PE

About the Author

As Group Leader for Mead & Hunt’s Aviation Group, Ron Engel is ultimately responsible for our aviation staff and the services we provide to clients nationally. Ron is the principal-in-charge providing quality assurance for many of Mead & Hunt’s aviation projects. This involves listening to the airport sponsors, reviewing project scopes and reviewing draft through final documents. In this role, he often makes site visits to airports to review our staff’s field work and construction activities.

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