2017 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Evan Barrett, AICP

November 6, 2017


The Airport Business Top 40 Under 40 showcases top talent and leading thinkers in the aviation industry who are building success today and innovations for the future.

Candidates for 2017 were vetted on innovation, outstanding attributes, and commitment and involvement in the industry. The candidates were chosen by a panel of judges in conjunction with the Airport Consultants Council to be honored in 2017 for their accomplishments.

When Evan Barrett came to Mead & Hunt out of college, his initial focus wasn’t on airports, but the cities around them.

Having graduate from an urban planning program, Barrett had worked on land use and economic development projects for the firm’s clients, but the notion of aviation intrigued him.

“I was attracted to airports as kinds of mini cities,” he said. “There’s a lot of interesting land use planning issues around airports and airports really serve as an economic development engine for the communities they serve.”

Evan Barrett is a senior project manager within Mead & Hunt’s Midwest aviation planning practice. Throughout his 10 year tenure at Mead & Hunt, he has grown in project responsibilities, from an entry level planner to leading project team efforts on multiple diverse aviation planning projects.

During his tenure with the company, Barrett has contributed to more than 150 projects at 50 different airports spread across the Upper Midwest and nationally. Those projects include airport master plans, environmental assessments, sustainability plans, zoning plans and airfield safety and compliance evaluations at general aviation to medium-hub commercial service airports.

Barrett is skilled and accomplished at researching and documenting the purpose and need for improvement projects to help airports establish this key element early in the planning and environmental processes, and has served as lead planner on several National Environmental Policy Act studies that received Findings of No Significant Impact from the Federal Aviation Administration.

During the extension of Runway 13/31 project at the St. Cloud Regional Airport, Barrett provided initial planning and environmental documentation for a 500-foot extension to the airport’s primary runway that utilized declared distances to increase takeoff length for users. The unique approach allowed the airport to provide uninterrupted service for its air carriers, reduce impacts to navigational aids, and eliminated takeoff weight penalties for the air carrier.

He recently led a successful 404/NEPA merger process for a complex project in the upper Midwest which received a FONSI/Record of Decision.

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