Rochester International Airport Receives Prestigious Commercial Service Airport Project of the Year Award

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Rochester, MN, (April 21, 2022) -- The Minnesota Council of Airports (MCOA) awarded Rochester International Airport (RST) their prestigious “Project of the Year” award during its annual Minnesota Airport Conference held April 6-8 at the Mayo Civic Center.

Pictured left to right: Paul Strege, Mead & Hunt, Inc.
Matt Wagner, Mead & Hunt, Inc.
John Reed, Rochester International Airport
John Poe, Mayo Clinic
Mayor Kim Norton, City of Rochester
Chad Sell, Hoffman Construction Co.
Victor Saavedra, Hoffman Construction Co.

Selecting from a record number of airport nominations from across the state MCOA recognized RST, project consultant Mead & Hunt, Inc., and contractor Hoffman Construction Company for Phase 1 construction on a multi-year, multi-phase runway improvement and reconstruction project of Runway 2/20. The award honors the significant time and investment to airport operations that result in improved airport efficiency, safety, or facility enhancement to further the growth and development of aviation in Minnesota.

“Runway reconstruction projects are complicated endeavors that require hard work of staff and partners with a strong commitment to safety and coordination. We are honored to receive recognition for the first phase of the project and our efforts that support our critical users: the airlines, air cargo and Mayo Medical Transport,” said John Reed, executive director. “The Runway 2/20 project is a large-scaled collaborative effort that involves federal, state, and local partnership. We successfully completed Phase 1 of Runway 2/20 project on-time and under budget with the help of our valued partners Mead & Hunt, Inc., Hoffman Construction Company and support from the city and our local and state legislators,” said Reed.

The total cost of the Runway 2/20 project is $79.2 million. Phase 1 of Runway 2/20 project was complete in November of 2021 and included:

  • Removal and crushing of over 63,000 square yards of concrete pavement – the area of nearly twelve NFL football fields.
  • 40-inch-deep replacement pavement section with a drain tile network and base of nearly 100% recycled concrete, asphalt, and base materials from the previous runway.
  • Installation of a drain tile network to remove subsurface water, which will prolong the life of the pavement.

To learn more about the Runway 2/20 project visit RST’s website.

About Rochester International Airport

Rochester International Airport (RST) is owned by the City of Rochester and operated by the Rochester Airport Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mayo Clinic. RST is currently served daily by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Sun Country, which collectively offer flights to Chicago, Phoenix, Fort Myers, and Minneapolis. RST provides air service to Southeast MN and border regions of Iowa and Wisconsin. Stay connected to RST at and on Facebook/Rochester Airport and Twitter @flyrst.

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