2014 Gold Award – Commercial & Military Airports

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P454 Beaufort U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Hangar Apron Addition
Beaufort, South Carolina

Contractor:       McCarthy Improvement Company
Owner:  Naval Facilities Engineering Command – U.S. Navy (Southeast)
Engineer:  URS Group, Inc.

In June of 2010, McCarthy Improvement Company was solicited to perform the concrete paving work involved with the P454 Hangar Apron Addition at Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, S.C.

On the surface, the project appeared to be a straightforward aircraft apron project, but it turned out to be considerably more complex.

The concrete paving portion of the project was scheduled to start in the spring 2013, and was the contractor was given a four month schedule for completion. What appeared to be a simple job quickly turned into a challenging project when the owner issued a stop work order on the project for redesign of underground utilities within the concrete apron footprint.

After three months the design was complete and the amount of additional work was staggering.  However, to ensure that funding was still available to bring the F35B Joint Strike Fighter Mission to Beaufort, the concrete apron paving had to be complete by the end of 2013; otherwise it could be up to four years before funding would be available again. The entire work plan had to be redone.

McCarthy pooled its resources, along with those of its subcontractors and material suppliers to formulate a schedule to work two shifts on the project, and as a result, completed the job on schedule.

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