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Philadelphia International Airport, Vehicle Charging System

Philadelphia International Airport and American Airlines, with the funding available via the VALE program, implemented a vehicle electrification program. Burns worked within an aggressive schedule to design electrical infrastructure improvements supporting 232 electric charging port locations spread throughout the 2,000-acre terminal complex.

The $14-million project involved engineering and design for three new electrical substations, two canopied eGround Support Equipment (eGSE) charging unit corrals, and electrical distribution infrastructure, as well as related civil, structural and mechanical engineering.  The corral locations included pile design and installation as well as elevated platforms for electrical charging equipment as flood plain requirements dictated.

Accolades for this project, which reduced emissions at PHL by an average of 135 tons per year, include winning the Pennsylvania Environmental Council Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence and ACEC PA Engineering Excellence Recognition.


Philadelphia, PA


City of Philadelphia, Division of Aviation



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