April 13, 2011
SANTA ANA, Calif. - John Wayne Airport (JWA) has been named a Local Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Orange County Branch and is one of only three airports worldwide bestowed with this honor.
A bronze plaque was presented to JWA in a ceremony held in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal last week, and has been placed permanently on a column in the Terminal B baggage claim area.
"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.
John Wayne Airport was selected for this designation for unique projects it has contributed to the Orange County over the years, including:
"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.
John Wayne Airport (SNA) is a self-supporting enterprise owned and operated by the County of Orange. Ten airlines serve nearly nine million passengers annually between Orange County and twenty nonstop destinations.
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