David Gotschall, a leader in aviation engineering and construction, has joined Woolpert as a project manager. Gotschall has 34 years of experience in the design and construction of airfields, roadways and underground utilities, as well as in project coordination and communication, contract management and budget management.
Gotschall has managed aviation programs from runway replacements and extensions to terminal apron reconstruction and valve-controlled glycol collection programs. Through his tenure with the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, where he worked for more than 30 years, Gotschall managed the Runway 10R-28L replacement program that made John Glenn Columbus International the first commercial airport in the country to go to an all-LED runway lighting system.
“Woolpert has a reputation for providing a wide variety of services in the airport environment, from architecture and engineering to geospatial and consulting work,” Gotschall said. “The teams here understand the bigger picture and know how to evaluate and improve an airport from all perspectives. I’m excited to work with Woolpert to help commercial and general aviation airports expand intelligently so they can solve both current and future problems.”
Paul Strack, who leads Woolpert’s aviation design practice in Ohio, said the firm is excited to offer Gotschall’s airfield project management, design and construction expertise to current and future clients, as well as his assistance with FAA and state of Ohio grants, public bidding and capital project programming.
“Dave is well known and well respected throughout Ohio for good reason, and he will help build relationships and expand the firm’s aviation services in the Midwest,” Strack said. “In addition to his many years at the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, he has also worked in the general aviation and private industry arenas. He is innovative, resourceful and an expert at what he does. It is great to have him here.”