South Airport Site Development Improvements

Academic Year 
2014-2015
College/Department 
College of Engineering - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project Partner 

The southernmost runway in the Iowa City Airport is no longer in use and the area needs improvements for property development. Because the site is within a flood plain, the City of Iowa City was interested in having the site evaluated for potential flooding risk. In particular, they desired an assessment of the need for a levee or other improvements to protect the area along the creek and increase the land’s developability. Engineering students created a Master Redevelopment Plan that presents their findings on the condition of the airport’s current facilities and makes recommendations on how to most efficiently develop the farmland around the decommissioned southern runway to increase the airport’s future revenue generation capacity. The plan is divided into three expansion phases, which chart out a long-term plan for re-developing the runway area. These stages include recommendations for implementing a levee system, adding additional hangers, and adding between 2-4 development plots.