Spotlight: Michael Krusing
Michael Krusing, PE, is a Project Engineer for PSC’s Aviation Team. After joining PSC in 2007, Michael worked in the infrastructure team, until 2010, where he joined Aviation in Lubbock. Since then, Michael has gained experience by designing multiple projects for TxDOT Aviation and New Mexico Department of Transportation. Michael has also worked on projects benefiting Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, Midland International Airport and El Paso International Airport. Catch Michael and others from the PSC Aviation Team at the New Mexico State Aviation Conference in Ruidoso.
Q: What most excites you about this conference?
Krusing: As always, getting to see everyone again. I do my best to get and see everyone throughout the year but when work keeps you in the office, it is always nice to know that when May comes around I’ll be seeing some of the best people to work with in the State of New Mexico.
Q: Describe your approach to project design.
Krusing: Me and my team’s primary approach to a new project design is to try and meet all of our client’s wishes and desires. Although we are sometimes met with challenges, like budget or FAA design requirements, their needs or desires remain paramount.
Q: What sets PSC apart when it comes to our Aviation services?
Krusing: Our dedication to service and completing any task our client asks us. From checking weekly certified payrolls during a construction project, to pushing the FAA to make sure their most important project gets funding, we are here to make sure their needs are being met.
Q: What value do you see in the Capital Improvements Plan?
Krusing: I believe it is very important for an airport to develop a Capital Improvements Plan. There are many reasons why an airport may need to rehabilitate or reconstruct pavement, or even expand their airport, but putting together an initial Capital Improvements Plan starts an annual discussion between the State, the airport and their consultant, in the hopes of getting in front of those projects. Most people do not understand that large projects like runway widening/extending or reconstructing an apron/taxiway takes an exorbitant amount of pre-project planning. If those efforts can take place prior to the project’s need, that can prohibit some undesirable consequences.
Q: What is your approach to coordination between all stakeholders?
Krusing: I might be considered a bit old-school, but I believe there is nothing better than a face-to-face meeting with all stakeholders, to make sure they have the opportunity to state their worries and desires about a project. Sure, the advances in technology have made it possible to have a meeting, with stakeholders from various parts of the state being present via video-conferencing, but nothing will ever beat the chance to shake someone’s hand or calm the worry of a long airfield closure, than in person.