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JWA designated a historic civil engineering landmark

It's one of three airports worldwide to receive the accolade.

By Kristen SchottPublished: April 13, 2011 02:27 PM

John Wayne Airport is now a Local Historic Civil Engineering Landmark and is among only three destinations worldwide to receive the honor.

The American Society of Civil Engineers, Orange County Branch (ASCE) bestowed the designation on JWA for a number of its projects, including the construction of its 5,700-square-foot runway. JWA also was recognized for accommodating 30 aircraft overnight in an effort to provide flights in the first two hours of the destination's opening every morning, and for being among the first airports in the U.S. to use in-line baggage screenings before luggage is loaded.

"JWA has contributed to the development of the civil engineering profession by demonstrating what can be done at an airport in a constrained urban environment," said Ziad Mazboudi, ASCE Orange County Branch President.

JWA first began operations in 1990 and currently serves about 9 million passengers a year. The airport is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation program that includes the construction of a new 282,000-square-foot Terminal C, which is slated to open later this year, among other efforts.

"Civil engineers have played a large part in building the Riley Terminal and are instrumental to the development of our current $543 million Airport Improvement Program," said Airport Director Alan L. Murphy.

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