Virgin Islands Port Authority selects Stantec as first ever sole consultant for St. Thomas and St. Croix Airports

Susan Bender
Dec 15, '23 11:28 AM EST

Stantec, a global leader in sustainable design and engineering, has been selected by the United States Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) as the first sole consultant for both the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas and the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix.

The firm will provide comprehensive airport consulting services for ongoing development and improvement programs at both airports simultaneously. Design and construction oversight efforts will include a wide range of infrastructure projects funded via the Airport Improvement Program which is administered by the Federal Aviation Administration's Southern Region. Stantec’s service offerings will also include Technical Advisory Services for the oversight of VIPA’s Public-Private Partnership (P3) Airport Terminal Redevelopment Program, a five-year redevelopment program to expand and modernize both airport terminals. This program is expected to continue through late 2029.  

“Stantec has a long history of supporting and delivering airport infrastructure and aviation terminal expansion projects in the Caribbean,” said Dave Dargie, vice president and aviation leader for airport infrastructure in the Caribbean. “We look forward to supporting the Virgin Islands Port Authority in its long-term vision for the future, and the growth and development of its aviation facilities throughout the Territory.”  

New approach for improved efficiency Traditionally, VIPA has utilized separate consultants to service their two international airport facilities. The decision to utilize a single unified consultant supporting both airports will allow for an effective and efficient transfer of information from project to project and airport to airport. This marks a major turning point in VIPA’s approach to how it manages and oversees improvements and redevelopment at its airport facilities in the US Virgin Islands.

Efficiencies are gained as the project team can work nimbly and interchangeably between VIPA’s airports. Funding and regulatory agency engagement can also be streamlined as project elements can be bundled throughout the various processes. Collaboration and interface with VIPA’s staff members will also be streamlined as client interface is facilitated to meet the ever-changing needs of project delivery and implementation. Stantec will base a qualified team of aviation professionals in the Territory to support this expansive development program.

“Selecting Stantec as the singular consultant for the Cyril E. King and Henry E. Rohlsen Airports will streamline our engineering services and capital program needs,” said Preston Beyer, director of engineering at VIPA. “We are projecting increased travel demand in the US Virgin Islands, and having a unified extension of our team will help us prepare and support that growth.”

Airports and aviation represent a key market for Stantec. The firm is a leader in airport infrastructure, providing integrated, in-house services for nearly all aspects of airport infrastructure planning, design, and construction. Stantec’s aviation team has extensive experience delivering projects in the Caribbean, including runway rehabilitation and upgrades for the Owen Roberts International Airport and the Grantley Adams International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean. Stantec also served as the lead designer for the redevelopment of the Lynden Pindling International Airport, an airport dating back to pre-World War II.

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