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Mitchell Walker

Hometown: Madison, SD
Alma Mater: Montana State
Someone I look up to in
the industry: Mentors at
Mead & Hunt. Too many to

Mitchell Walker landed in the aviation field when he came into
the workforce during the Great Recession. He joined Mead &
Hunt and said he can't see himself doing anything except
aviation work during his career.
" I love the design, " he said. " Knowing these projects take
such a long time to implement from planning through
construction, it can be five or six years, being a part of these
projects from concept through ribbon cutting is really where I
get a of fulfilment. "
Walker brings his leadership and passion for aviation
architecture to every aspect of his professional life.
Since 2009, Walker has designed and led more than 100
aviation projects across the U.S., including terminal planning
studies, expansions and renovations, airport master plans,
environmental assessments, and FBO, SRE and ARFF facilities.
He combines his extensive technical experience with a
strong focus on people and environmental stewardship in his
projects. This leads to innovative, effective solutions.
One of his most innovative projects is the Appleton
International Airport General Aviation Terminal. Walker
drove the design to combine regionally procured materials

with highly efficient systems and renewable energy sources
- including geothermal HVAC systems, photovoltaic power,
and solar thermal and hot water systems - to achieve LEEDPlatinum certification.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic reached the U.S. in March,
Walker has been actively contributing to the Airport
Consultants Council (ACC) Terminal and Facilities COVID-19
subcommittee. He engages with other airport consultants
in an ongoing conversation on airport safety best practices
surrounding sanitation and operations, working to minimize
traveler and staff exposure to the virus.
He also made a significant contribution to the current AIP
Handbook through his insights into the eligibility approvals
process. The presentations and rationale he used for the FAA
eligibility process on a recent terminal project was adopted
nearly verbatim into the most recent iteration of the AIP
" I'd love to be known as someone who has really pushed for
innovation and got projects done on time and on budget, "
he said.

Vermont Raised.
Myrtle Beach Strong!

Myrtle Beach International Airport

Ryan Betcher, A.A.E.


Director of General Aviation & Properties

" Your hard work & dedication are rewarded
with our respect. "

TOP 40 UNDER 40!



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Airport_Business_November_2020

Inside the Fence
Industry Update
A Smart Approach to Customer Wellness
Totally Boggus
How Color Biases Contribute to a Lack of Diversity in Aviation
Product Profile
40 Under 40
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Airport_Business_November_2020 - Inside the Fence
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Airport_Business_November_2020 - A Smart Approach to Customer Wellness
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Airport_Business_November_2020 - How Color Biases Contribute to a Lack of Diversity in Aviation
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