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Post Hurricane Ivan Construction Repairs at Hurlburt Airfield

Emergency response construction team responds for critical airfield repairs after Hurricane Ivan.

Gilbane’s federal team  mobilized quickly to Hurlburt Field to provide emergency repairs to damaged airfield caused by Hurricane Ivan.  The team replaced the runway approach lighting and associated power supply system; replaced lighting fixtures and utility poles throughout the Base; replaced and installed rolling gates at the POL area, helicopter pad area, weapons storage area, the fire station and at Frazier Street; and replaced lighting in various buildings.

Hurlburt Field is an active airport; therefore, installation of new lighting fixtures on the flight line needed careful coordination with flight line managers to minimize interruption of flight operations. Gilbane performed the work, which involved installing 24 light fixtures—each weighing 80 lbs—on two 54-foot-high standards, using a tall crane under the terms of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) construction permit, without disrupting flight operations. Gilbane also re-wired the entire airfield, including installation of new circuits, using scheduled interruptions in flight operations during weekends.

Value Engineering Effort Allows for Additional Lighting at Airfield

Gilbane worked with the Air Force to substitute lower cost lighting fixtures for those originally specified. The savings realized enabled the Air Force to replace all lighting fixtures damaged during the hurricane rather than the 75% called for in the original work scope.