Welcome to the AVCON Aviation Puzzle! Throughout 2024, we will be covering the six core service areas AVCON provides to the aviation industry. Puzzle pieces will be unveiled in each new issue of Airport Improvement Magazine. Follow along by continuing to scan the QR code found in the printed Airport Improvement Magazine issues throughout the year to learn more and complete the puzzle with us!

Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing

AVCON offers a variety of building engineering and planning services to many different markets, including aviation. Always looking to improve MEP system efficiencies, AVCON is committed to environmental responsibility and providing solutions that focus on energy conservation and sustainability, such as Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations. With several professionals on staff who are experienced with LEED Certified projects, AVCON understands the crucial role MEP design plays in the success of these projects. Additionally, AVCON’s engineers and planners utilize the latest Revit software for seamless integration between team members and clients.

Zemp Pepper, PE

MEP Design Manager

Zemp serves as the MEP Design Manager at AVCON where he is responsible for management and oversight of the firm’s MEP group. He specializes in management, evaluation, design, technical support, and quality control of MEP and systems engineering (low voltage) projects for various clients in both the public and private sectors. Clients appreciate Zemp’s knowledge and 40+ years of experience working on and managing projects with all different elements, including but not limited to parking garages, municipal buildings, airport terminals and hangars, and more.

Roadway and Parking

AVCON has extensive experience with design projects including roadway reconstruction, sidewalk design, roadway safety improvements, airport signage, and parking lot renovation/expansion. Our team of engineers work collaboratively to ensure our clients have a seamless and efficient project outcome. Some of these projects have included clearing and stripping, earthwork, stormwater structures, curb and gutter, landscaping, and electrical improvements for parking lot lighting and electric vehicle charging stations.

Clint Pletzer, PE

Civil Design Manager, Transportation

Clint Pletzer, PE has worked on more than 50 roadway design projects in his 21 years of experience. His skills include development of horizontal and vertical alignments utilizing GEOPAK, utility coordination and adjustments, maintenance of traffic, estimates, and construction drawing development in CADD format. He is also well versed in all phases of FDOT plans preparation. Clint has worked closely with a number of local governments and other public entities for a variety of transportation projects. Additionally, several of his projects have required extensive utility coordination, relocation, and design.

Airport Master Planning

The AVCON team has successfully provided more than 35 Master Plans and over 40 Airport Layout Plans since 1988. We collaborate with clients to understand the drivers behind the airport’s development needs and assist in achieving its goals and vision. Our master planning experience spans developing strategic 20-year capital programs for commercial service and general aviation airports. We have ample knowledge when it comes to FAA and FDOT policies and processes that not only ensures that an eligible funding program is identified for proposed airport improvements, but also ensures regulatory compliance in each airport project.

Ryan Lenda, CM

Director of Aviation Planning

Ryan brings nearly 20 years of experience in the aviation industry, including roles ranging from managing large and complex planning projects, to airport studies and master planning services. He is an American Association of Airport Executives Certified Member (CM) and earned an MBA from the University of South Carolina. Additionally, he has a B.S. in Aerospace Studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he also received his Private Pilot license. Ryan has extensive knowledge on and off the airfield, and a solid understanding of planning principles and federal aviation regulations.