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Nome Airport AREF & SREB 

Customer State of Alaska
Location Nome, Alaska
Completed November 2008
Contract $10,712,905
Market State Government

This project is a 21,600 sf building containing offices for both DOT and FAA personnel, a 6 bay maintenance area to service and store both the Airport firefighting equipment and Airport maintenance equipment and a sand storage bay. This new facility replaced a 40-year-old 2,500 sf maintenance building and office trailer the DOT had previously been in. These buildings were demolished at the end of the project.

Construction was slab on grade, with the sand storage portion of the building consisting of 14” thick concrete walls 28’ high, the remainder of the building being structural steel frame with insulated metal roof and wall panels. Extensive mechanical and electrical systems to support both the FAA’s air traffic control role and DOT’s maintenance and fire fighting support vehicles and staff.

Initial excavation for the foundation footings revealed a 60’x50’ portion of the building footprint to be unsuitable fill material that required over-excavation of the area to 16’, constant pumping to drain the water that was filling the excavation, and the import of almost 2,000 cubic yards of suitable fill material. Other challenges involved the use of a crane at an active airport, which meant lowering the boom when commercial flights were in or outbound, trenching and installing conduit for the control systems across and thru taxiways and around the end of the runway. The DOT, over the course of the project, issued over 40 additional work orders, which resulted in almost a million dollars in change orders.