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Project Experience: Port Columbus International Airport, Ohio

The Challenge

With new development at Port Columbus International Airport’s North Airfield, the airport had been receiving noise complaints related to aircraft maintenance run-ups. The majority of complaints were related to run-ups of business jet aircraft at the nationwide maintenance facility for one of the largest unscheduled airlines in the United States.

The Strategy


  • Conducted a planning and design study to determine the optimal location for a North Airfield run-up facility
  • Surveyed aircraft operators and tenants to determine usage patterns and better understand the feasibility of various mitigation options
  • Conducted round-the-clock noise measurements to characterize community background levels and aircraft run-up noise in the community
  • Conducted detailed acoustical modeling

The Solution

HMMH recommended a 180-foot long, 25-foot high sound-absorbing wall and subsequently oversaw design and construction administration of the noise barrier. From initial planning and site selection through design, bidding, and substantial completion of construction, the project was completed in about one year.