Paving the way to the mile-high city

When project managers anticipate delays and assemble project teams comprised of like-minded contractors, they are efficiently and effectively practicing their discipline from a risk and quality perspective. This article discusses the successful realization of an airport runway at Denver International Airport (DIA), a fast-track project designed to handle jumbo jets flying non-stop, year-round flights from Europe and Asia. It outlines the risk and quality issues the architectural and construction teams faced in building--in three years, at the cost of (US)$154 million--a 16,000-foot-long, 200-foot-wide runway, issues that included meeting rigid municipal and Federal time-and-quality constraints and establishing a process for assuring quality. It also explains the major factors that threatened--and shaped--the project's completion, including the impact of the September 11 terrorist attacks, an event which significantly reduced Federal funding to this project. It then details how weekly progress meetings enable
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