Hydrant Fuel System and Aircraft Parking Apron, Alabama Air National Guard

Birmingham, AL
Owner Alabama Air National Guard
General Contractor Bell
Schedule Duration 9/1995 to 2/1997
Contract Value $16.2MM
Architect / Engineer Cecil Jones & Associates, Inc.

Project Overview

Located at Birmgingham, AL, the 117th Air Refueling Wing is tasked with the aerial refueling with KC-135 Stratotankers.

Bell was responsible for the installation of a new Type III fueling system, instrumentation and controls, above-ground storage tanks, and taxiway/parking apron replacement with new underslab fueling pits.  The project initially consisted of seven construction phases.  Bell was able to coordinate with the Owner’s personnel and re-sequence the construction work to two phases.

This challenging heavy construction project consisted of apron demolition, major storm sewer relocation, 82,000 square-yards of new PCC aprons, and new taxiway extensions.

The project also included a complete hydrant refueling system with 8,000 linear-feet of underground 10-inch double-wall piping, apron hydrant pits, and a complete pump station with new above-ground 2,800 BBL storage tanks, containment structures and safety support equipment.

Bell’s team exhibited a professional posture at all times and ensured all phases of the project, including sub-contracts, were conducted with a proactive, “can do, will do” attitude.  Their knowledge and skill at organizing and executing large construction projects is obvious.  The site here, at Birmingham, is small and congested.  The congestion forces safety of Government employees, equipment, and especially aircraft to be a paramount concern.  Bell successfully completed this critical project and provided the Government a safe environment for our operations without incident.

Colonel Waylon D. Blakeley, P.E.
Alabama Air National Guard