Jamestown (TN) Airport project designed by Neel-Schaffer wins Slag Cement Award

JACKSON, Miss. (May 13, 2021) – A project to rehabilitate the runway and taxiway at Jamestown (TN) Municipal Airport has received a 2020 Slag Cement Project of the Year Award.

Neel-Schaffer was the Engineer of Record for the $6.7 million project to reconstruct and upgrade components of the existing runway and taxiway of the airport. Local officials lobbied for upgrades in an effort to attract businesses and spur economic development. Concrete was chosen for the project to provide a durable, long-lasting pavement. Slag cement was included in the mixture while ensuring the concrete met the specifications outlined by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The Slag Cement Association (SCA) chose 16 projects around the country to receive 2020 Slag Cement Project of the Year Awards. The awards were distributed in six categories: High Performance, Durability, Innovative Applications, Sustainability, Green Design, and Architectural. The Jamestown project was chosen for a “High Performance” award.

In a press release, SCA Board President Ed Griffith said this about the awards: “The increase in award-winning projects this year demonstrates slag cement’s role in creating durable long-lasting structures. These outstanding examples showcase the value of using slag cement in concrete construction by achieving high-performing, durable, resilient, and sustainable results in concrete.”

Neel-Schaffer’s Josh Stump, PE, served as Project Manager and Engineer of Record for the project. Allen Thames and Aaron McNeal, PE, of Neel-Schaffer worked with the airport to prepare and coordinate an application to the FAA for supplemental funding under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, signed by the President in 2018, that resulted in the $6.7 million funding for the project.

Construction began in the fall of 2020 and the runway and taxiway were opened for air traffic in January 2021.

“The City of Jamestown would like to say a big thank you to Neel-Schaffer’s team for the great work they have done representing the needs of the Jamestown Municipal Airport,” said former Jamestown Mayor Lyndon Baines. “… These changes for our airport will mean a great deal for our community.”