Providence’s Runway 5 Extension Earns Envision Gold

August 24, 2016
The T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island is in the process of extending its Runway 5 with sustainable practices.

The Providence’s Runway 5 Extension at T.F. Green Airport (PVD) received the Envision rating system’s Gold award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI).

The project is the 16th overall Envision-rated project and first project rated in Rhode Island.

The project involved lengthening T.F. Green’s main runway to 8,700 feet as part of a multi-year Airport Improvement Program to accommodate aviation activity demand and enhance the safety areas. The extension is also designed to improve flight efficiency through increased payloads and reduced weight penalties and to accommodate long-haul service to the West Coast.

“Broadening the definition of sustainability beyond environmental stewardship, stressing economic goals, operational efficiency and consideration of the various stakeholders helped us connect each individual to their potential influence on the project,” said C&S’s Sustainability Coordinator for the project, Carly Shannon.

The project recently began construction and is expected to conclude by December 2017. Sustainability was identified as a main objective at the design stage, which was led by C&S Companies.

Providence T.F. Green Airport Runway 5 is about  15% complete

Providence T.F. Green Airport Runway 5 is about 15 percent complete.

As Green Airport’s main runway, the Rhode Island Airport Commission recognized the importance of balancing first-time costs with continued durability, resilience, operational efficiency, and environmental stewardship. This progressive outlook and RIAC’s commitment to the surrounding community led to the decision to embrace the Envision rating system.

The ISI Envision rating system measures sustainable infrastructure projects in five categories: quality of life, leadership, natural world, resource allocation, and climate and risk. Engineers can receive an Envision Sustainability Professional credential (ENV SP) certifying their expertise in applying the rating system to projects.

Learn more about Envision and ISI at

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