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BOARDING BRIDGES
AUTHOR Walker Jaroch

One of the newly installed
bridges at ORF.
ALL PHOTOS COURTESY NORFOLK
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Boarding Bridges
the Holistic Way

HOLISM, THE idea that individual parts of a system
should be viewed in conjunction with the whole, may
not be the philosophy that springs to mind when
thinking of boarding bridge replacements - but maybe
it should.

Norfolk International Airport
(ORF) undertook a 17 boarding bridge
replacement project with a holistic
approach - saving them time and money
- and allowing them to add on another
bridge to the project for a final total
of 18.
The project was lead by AERO
BridgeWorks, Inc, who coordinated
and managed multiple layers of
subcont ractor s a nd equ ipment
manufacturers, including a combination
of ground support equipment providers.

" We wanted a holistic approach that
would really streamline everything
for the project and take some of the
coordination of going back and forth
between the manufacturer and the
general contractor out of the picture
and let them talk directly since they're
contracted together, " said Jeffrey Bass,
director of facilities, Norfolk Airport
Authority.
Bass said that they were able to cut
out a significant amount of time from
the project. Originally, ORF scheduled

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the project to take about 950 days and
they finished six months ahead of
schedule.
" We were six months ahead of
schedule on the project because of
the way that we did the approach
with letting the general contractor
push with the manufacturer to get
the passenger loading bridges here
faster. And then they coordinated all
the equipment that needed to be onsite
during the installation. The contract
also allowed them to pick and choose
who the manufacturer was on particular
equipment that's associated with a
passenger loading bridge based on the
specifications. This approach saved over
$2 million on the project, " Bass said.
" The original project was 17 gates, "
added Jason Pearson, vice president at



marchapril2021

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of marchapril2021

The $7 Million Man
Industry Update
A New Normal in Airport Parking and Transportation
The Rise of Robots
Boarding Bridges the Holistic Way
A Brave New World
The Trouble with Tribal Knowledge
Doing it Right: Public Sector FBOs
Reconstructing One of New England's Longest Commericial Service Runways
Designing a Modern Lighthouse
Sensor Technology's One-Two Punch: Improving Winter Maintenance Operations and Meeting ICAO GRF Regulations
Caution: Closure Ahead
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marchapril2021 - The $7 Million Man
marchapril2021 - Industry Update
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marchapril2021 - A New Normal in Airport Parking and Transportation
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marchapril2021 - The Rise of Robots
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marchapril2021 - Boarding Bridges the Holistic Way
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marchapril2021 - A Brave New World
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marchapril2021 - The Trouble with Tribal Knowledge
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marchapril2021 - Doing it Right: Public Sector FBOs
marchapril2021 - 30
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marchapril2021 - Reconstructing One of New England's Longest Commericial Service Runways
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marchapril2021 - Designing a Modern Lighthouse
marchapril2021 - 37
marchapril2021 - Sensor Technology's One-Two Punch: Improving Winter Maintenance Operations and Meeting ICAO GRF Regulations
marchapril2021 - 39
marchapril2021 - Caution: Closure Ahead
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