J|D’s planning projects range from facility upgrades at small regional airports, to developing, implementing, and master plan for busy international hubs. Small or large projects, our planning group creates operationally efficient and economically sound solutions to our client’s toughest problems.


Did your previous master plan envision your airport to be vastly different than your current reality? Is it just time for an update? J|D helps airports plan robust and practical strategies for the future by completing master plan studies and land use/development plans for general aviation, small, medium, and large hub airports across the country. As the prime consultants, we’ve helped Airports define billion dollar capital programs as part of a greater regional transportation and economic plans. On master plan teams, we’ve supported general aviation business plans by creating strategies and options for operational, financial, land use, and facility development strategies. We help our clients understand and prepare for what may be coming.

Once planning is complete, J|D recognizes the practical challenges of getting the concepts implemented — whether working through multiple options for development, identifying design, operational and phasing challenges to optimize the program for development, or defining the critical project criteria and intent so that designers can follow in step.

By adeptly managing stakeholder engagement — facilitating communication and input regarding proposed changes — J|D helps our clients identify and resolve issues to clear a path for project implementation, understanding, and support.


Landside access and ground transportation facilities are the front door of airports, often creating a traveler’s first and last impression of a city. The best experiences do not happen by chance. J|D’s landside and ground transportation team has analyzed, planned, implemented, and operated the many components of landside facilities and ground access.

In helping airports manage congested on-and off-airport networks, we have created alternatives by developing new access points and redistributing traffic patterns. Other projects have combined roadway improvements with new automated people movers linking terminal areas to consolidated rental car and intermodal transportation facilities.

Our efforts include roadway and curbfront planning requirements, mode reallocation alternatives to best utilize existing curbfront facilities, and non-traditional solutions to the traditional curbfront model.

When it works well, no one notices. The most critical, yet often overlooked element of airport access is clear and correctly placed signage and wayfinding — intuitively directing travelers from the access roadway to/from the terminal and ground transportation facilities.

Parking is typically the highest non-aviation source of revenue at airports, and maximizing this investment is a top priority. J|D’s planners develop the alternatives for airports seeking to increase the utility of their existing facilities as well as analyze demand and capacity to develop preferred facility options that meet future growth.

Before constructing a consolidated rental car facility or a common use quick-turnaround facility, JD defines the requirements and develops the program. In developing new plans, our planners draw on wide-ranging expertise in planning, design, engineering, construction and project management, stakeholder coordination, and rental car operations.

To best identify and understand the gaps in an airport’s ground transportation network, our team’s due diligence brings together a combination of passenger surveys, benchmarking, and stakeholder coordination to create a comprehensive needs assessment.

Construction may not always be the answer. In an effort to limit crowding on roadways, create potential revenue from the commercial vehicles and maintain control of who can access the airport, a CVMP may be a positive next step for an airport.


From supporting air carriers, airports, and airfield designers, J|D plans, designs, and implements everything from large runway projects that required phasing of new runways to small airfield safety enhancements that call for airfield geometry improvements identified as part of the master plans. As part of other master plan work, we’ve assessed the impacts and implications of runway closures on current and future operations, providing management with data needed for decision-making. We have performed runway safety area analyses to determine the most safe and economical improvements to meet FAA requirements.

Our planners, engineers, architects, pilots and aviation management professionals, several with special training in Mitre’s Runway Simulator and SMS Facilitation, provide every type of planning and analysis from airfield master planning to airfield and airspace analyses, including:

•  Airfield Capacity Assessments

•  Runway Incursion Mitigation Planning

•  Non-Standard Condition Assessments and Geometry Studies

•  Airfield Master Planning

•  Operational Assessments

•  Part 77, TERPs, AGIS Obstruction Analysis

•  Construction Planning/Phasing

•  Deicing/Remain Overnight Siting and Programming


When properly planned and designed, terminal buildings can be a source of civic pride, positively contribute to the experience of those that pass through it, and generate profits for the stakeholders who have invested in it.

In a continuously evolving aviation industry however, airport terminal facilities are always trying to keep up with changing passenger trends, TSA and CBP security requirements, and operating standards. Terminals have changed from utilitarian waiting rooms to high-end, comfortable living rooms with the best local retail establishments, free wi-fi, and power at every seat. So how do airports meet all these expectations while passenger traffic continues to grow putting stress on the terminal capacity?

Our terminal planners bring decades of experience sizing and adapting facilities to provide space to meet today’s demands. We also project an airport’s future growth and requirements to develop the alternatives for our clients to decide how their terminals can best meet the projected demand. Recognizing the need for flexibility to respond to changes, we carefully organize our facilities to better adapt by exploring concepts such as free span structures, which eliminates the need to work around columns, and well organized core building elements – mechanical, electrical, plumbing and restroom facilities – to avoid difficult and expensive relocations.

With the high costs of developing terminal facilities, our planning considers whether concepts can be incrementally implemented by breaking down programs into affordable components over time, helping airports competing for air service maintain low costs and more profitable airline routes. We develop these and other cost-effective options with the support of our Program and Construction Management staff who inform our planners early on about costs that can be minimized through effective implementation and phasing strategies that keep terminal operations running smoothly during construction.


Airports have always had a safety system and culture in place. With new FAA rule-making for SMS on the horizon, adhering to the proposed SMS requirements can seem daunting. We can make the transition for you. J|D can help — in part or take you through the entire process — from collecting data on existing systems, identifying hazards, objectively analyzing and assessing the risks, crafting the policies, putting them in place, and supporting them with training and promotion.

J|D also has extensive expertise meeting FAA Order 5200.11 requirements. We assist airports with conducting risk assessments, both as participants and as an independent facilitator, and continually help our clients check the SMS box for their capital projects. Our well-rounded experience with all facets of safety systems and airport operations — including airspace, air traffic, airport operations, construction, planning, and pilot experience — are valuable to successfully analyzing risk and facilitating safety risk assessments. As an ongoing resource to support airport improvement projects, J|D can quickly and accurately guide you through the 5200.11 process, whether it is applied to planning, design or construction plans, so implementation can move ahead.


Providing support for the staple planning tools for airports and the FAA, J|D offers Airport Layout Plan (ALP) and Airport Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) services. Staffed with FAA AGIS Level 3 certificated CADD and GIS technicians, J|D offers expert ALP, eALP, and AGIS support. Our knowledgeable staff understands the intensive data collection and validation involved in preparing high quality, accurate, and accessible ALPs and AGIS files that meet the FAA’s requirements for approving projects. Equally importantly, we understand how airport staff uses this information internally. We can guide you through data collection, preparation of the AGIS submittal, preparation of an eALP or “Paper” ALP, and help you develop the process for maintaining and updating the data.


When evaluating the environmental impacts of a project, J|D assists organizations integrate core environmental values into decision-making processes. Our Environmental assessments thoroughly review proposed actions and reasonable alternatives to those actions through our extensive experience in Environmental Processing.

We provide essential project coordination, organization of public outreach activities, and ongoing communication with the clients, resources, and regulatory agencies. This helps our clients gain state and federal approval of final documents, especially in time-sensitive projects that require highly accelerated NEPA environmental processing.

J|D’s environmental projects range from small assignments, such as updating deicing plans and Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans to environmental reviews of major terminal or taxiway redevelopment projects requiring justification for Categorical Exclusions according to the National Environmental Protection Act.

Our work has supported Findings of No Significant Impact from assessments of preferred runway reconstruction alternatives as well as air quality assessments of other proposed development which allowed major airfield improvements to proceed.

Our environmental services include a special niche in conducting historical, cultural, and environmental research for communities and airports. For airport land use redevelopment plans, we’ve documented airport facility histories as the basis for Cultural Resources Management Plans. This work has identified structures eligible for placement on the National Register of Historic Places and helped Airports confidently manage the demolition and redevelopment of other facilities as part of their ongoing development.

• National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance
– Environmental Impact Studies/Reports
– Environmental Assessments
– Categorical Exclusions

• Wildlife Management Plans

• Cultural Resources Management Plans

• Historical Research and Documentation

• Phase I and Phase II Environmental Due Diligence Audits (EDDAs)

• Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP)