The project entails a continuation of the Airport Authority’s ongoing security enhancements for the Boca Raton Airport. These security enhancements began with Phase 1, undertaken in 2007, which involved upgrades to the existing security cameras and supporting infrastructure, including the primary monitoring room systems, as well as the conversion of two perimeter gates to controlled access gates. In 2009 and 2010, Phase 2 was implemented which includes the installation of two new access control gates – one along the south side of the Airport, and the other along the northeast perimeter. Support infrastructure and fiber optic cabling is also provided. Phase 3 upgrades to the previously installed systems needed due to old and antiquated technology are being implemented in FY2015. Phase 4 involves the addition or conversion of up to 14 cameras and the installation of new mounting systems, fiber optic cabling, and supporting infrastructure, hardware, and other appurtenances needed to have these systems operational and integrated with the airport’s current security systems. Phase 4 may also include, based on costs, the design and construction of new or upgraded cameras (up to 16) and the installation of new mounting systems, fiber optic cabling, and supporting infrastructure, hardware, and other appurtenances needed to have these systems operational and integrated with the airport’s current security systems. This project will also include upgrades to the perimeter fencing, including sub-surface wildlife fencing as needed based upon a comprehensive fence inspection, to be conducted during the programming phase of this project.
The additional security cameras are needed to improve surveillance and security monitoring along the perimeter of the Airport and provide unobstructed monitoring of each of the access gates located throughout this perimeter. Restricting access to the AOA and preserving security at the Airport is one of the Authority’s primary priorities. This Security Enhancements program helps fulfill this key priority, which is also a key FAA and AIP objective.
This project would serve as a follow-up phase to an initial Geographic Information System (GIS) projects aimed to assist in the collection and maintenance of airport and aeronautical data for BCT. These initial phases of this multi-year project would consist in the collection of data and installation of required hardware and software. Once the datasets are added, the Airport Layout Plan (ALP) and other CAD drawings for utilities and floor plans would be converted into a GIS format and added to the geodatabase. As changes are made to these of documents, they will be updated in the geodatabase, allowing the map application to always maintain the most up-to-date airport information. The implementation of GIS would serve not only as a centralized location for updated spatial information about the Airport and surrounding properties, but also as a means of conducting workflow processes such as tracking maintenance repairs and building reports.
The implementation of a GIS system would allow the Airport to disseminate maps to other local government agencies and the system would serve as a standardized database for updated spatial information about the airport and surrounding properties. The system would allow the Authority to easily visualize the characteristics of airport facilities and features, helps find historic and current lease information, research as-built drawings, and coordinate airport changes in a timely manner.
This project entails replacing the emergency generators for the Air Traffic Control Tower and the Airfield Electrical Vault. The project will also include replacing associated peripherals, cabling, monitoring equipment, fuel tanks, and containment equipment.
The airfield emergency generator was placed in service in 1996 and the Air Traffic Control Tower emergency generator was placed in service in 2005. As these units near and exceed 20 years in operation the required maintenance and upkeep have drastically increased and issues with reliability have been encountered. The project will also have an environmental benefit as newer generators have much lower emission levels.
The Boca Raton Airport Authority (BRAA) completed a SMS GAP Analysis in 2017. Based on the results of the analysis the BRAA wishes to implement aspects of Safety Policy, Safety Risk Management, Safety Assurance, and Safety Promotion. The SMS implementation project will provide for the appropriate programs, reports, policies, and software to implement the recommendations of the GAP analysis.
The project is AIP eligible since it meets the following objectives: safety and airport planning. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5200-37, Introduction to Safety Management Systems (SMS) for Airport Operators, and a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Safety Management Systems for Certificated Airports. The NPRM proposes that every certificated airport would be required to establish an SMS for its entire airfield environment (including movement and non-movement areas). As written, the NPRM would bring U.S. airports into compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standard requiring SMSs for airport operators.
As the BRAA is a special district of the State of Florida it is required to hold its meetings in manner that is open to public participation and comment. Previously these meetings were held in rented spaces such as the Boca Raton City Hall and after that became unavailable due to Covid-19 restrictions a hotel conference room. BRAA is seeking funding to enhance its administration office to accommodate public meetings. The purpose of these enhancements is to expand the functionality of the building beyond administrative and management offices to include meeting space adequate for public meetings and monthly BRAA meetings thereby minimizing the need for renting space going forward and to improve the BRAA’s emergency preparedness and response.
In addition to the cost savings to the BRAA, the airport can better ensure the health and safety of staff, board members, and the public by utilizing our own space. The enhancements will include modifications to HVAC systems to include upgraded filtration and disinfecting capabilities. Additionally, by having a larger meeting space, the Authority can ensure attendees can adhere to social distancing guidelines. As a special district of the State of Florida, BRAA acts independently from County and City operations. These improvements will better prepare the building to act as an EOC in times of emergency. This request will encompass design, construction, and CA services for the project.
This project involves the resurfacing of Airport Rd. pavements, installation of bike lanes and pedestrian sidewalk improvement, undergrounding of utilities to enhance reliability, installation of native landscaping, and the beautification of tenant entrances. Also included in this project are various drainage and storm-water system upgrades to enhance reliability in heavy rain events. Construction for this project is estimated to take approximately 1 year with funding being provided by FDOT grants at an 80% level with BRAA providing the remaining 20%.