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San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Airside Technologies Development Program

Burns designs airside information and communications technology for the busiest single-runway commercial airport in the United States.

San Diego International Airport receives more than 22 million passengers each year, a nearly 10-fold increase since opening in 1967. To accommodate an expected 40 million passengers by 2035, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (SDCRAA) is undertaking a $219-million program, involving:

  • Construction of a new partially parallel Taxiway A
  • Realignment of the existing Taxiway B
  • Installation of a new airfield stormwater management system

The airside technologies development program also provides critical infrastructure to support New Terminal 1, a major expansion project that will add 11 gates and modernize the original terminal.

As part of a Jacobs-led engineering team, Burns served as the engineer of record for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) systems. Program components include:

  • Sitework and integration of new fiber-optic cable infrastructure
  • Re-routing cabling systems throughout the airfield and between terminals, while maintaining continuous airfield operations on an active airfield
  • An 11-stage phasing strategy that accommodates overlapping construction schedules, on-going airfield operations, and the nesting season for the California Least Tern, an endangered sea bird that migrates every year to a protected habitat on the airfield

Burns is providing the following engineering services:

  • ICT project management services, including phasing strategy, cost estimates, and construction oversight
  • Temporary rerouting of Federal Aviation Administration airfield fiber-optic cabling systems
  • Design of permanent fiber-optic infrastructure and connectivity with Terminal 1 technology systems
  • Cutover plans for integrating temporary and permanent ICT cabling infrastructure
  • Security design services, including new Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS) as well as access control and Closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems for an airport support building
  • Recommendations to update SDCRAA design standards for communications infrastructure and ICT systems

Construction is scheduled to complete in 2025.

Burns offers unparalleled knowledge in specialized airport ICT systems and communications infrastructure. On-going projects include major capital programs underway at Los Angeles International Airport, George Bush Intercontinental Airport, and Nashville International Airport.


San Diego, CA


San Diego County Regional Airport Authority



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