Charting the Future: J|D Leads Sustainable Transformation of Memphis Airports

In May 2018, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) awarded (J|D) a $4.6-million contract to prepare new sustainable master plans for the Memphis International Airport and MSCAA’s two General Aviation Airports: General Dewitt Spain Airport, and Charles W. Baker Airport. J|D’s efforts included updating the master plan for Memphis International, last completed in 2009 while it was a transfer hub for Northwest/Delta Airlines, and developing new plans for Spain and Baker. Each plan reflects industry changes, updated forecasts and growth projections, and establishes development priorities in consideration of recent and pending improvements to facilities and infrastructure – all while upgrading the customer experience. The plans also focus on preparing for emerging technologies such as passenger screening advancements and unmanned aerial systems, as well as the planning for sustainability and resiliency in the face of changing economic and climate conditions.

In developing the sustainable master plans for each of the three airports, J|D ensures compliance with the FAA’s AC 150/5070-6B – Airport Master Plans – Change 2. The Sustainable Master Plans are being done under the FAA’s Sustainability Program, and include a chapter on sustainability efforts, reflecting MSCAA’s environmental sustainability efforts and documenting MSCAA’s sustainability policy and goals and objectives.


  • Developed Sustainable Master Plans for one commercial and two General Aviation airports
  • Developed Airport Layout Plan for MEM, M01, and 2M8
  • Conducted a visioning session with MSCAA to identify issues, opportunities and constraints for all three airports


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Memphis, Tennessee


On-Call Planning

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