Broward County recently awarded the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) Expansion of Runway 9R/27L project to the team led by PBS&J + RS&H. The project, an ambitious, $810 million capital improvement effort, is significant because it involves the complete reconstruction of the south runway at FLL, expanding it from 5,000 feet to over 8,000 feet in length. The complex project will span an active federal highway and railroad, require large amounts of fill, and the runway tunnel and taxiway bridges will be bid out as separate design-build projects.

“Building a new runway to meet the FAA’s projections for growth is challenging,” says John Zumwalt, chief executive officer (CEO) of The PBSJ Corporation. “Broward County has chosen a team with relevant, recent experience from a project that is stunningly similar to FLL’s. Dale Stubbs, PBS&J’s engineer-of-record for the new 5th Runway at Atlanta, is the project manager for FLL. He understands the complexities of permitting, stakeholder coordination, and developing design resolutions that simplify maintenance for staff and operations for the public during construction..”

Chris Spann, PE, PBS&J national aviation business sector manager explains, “This was a project that we have been tracking for a couple of years and have been pursuing in earnest since the beginning of the year. We can draw on our experience in Atlanta to take months off of the schedule. In addition, our accomplishments in Atlanta completing a similar runway tunnel and taxiway bridge $100 million under budget will enable our team to bring cost saving measures to FLL.”

The project team is rounded out by ten other Broward County-based and small business team members. For more information about the project contact Chris Spann, PE, PBS&J national aviation business sector manager at

PBS&J ( is an employee-owned company that provides infrastructure planning, engineering, construction management, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients. RS&H ( is a facilities and infrastructure consulting firm whose market sector programs include aerospace and defense, aviation, corporate and commercial, education, health and science, public infrastructure, and transportation.