U.S. Air Force Base Completes Corrosion Control Hangar

The upgraded hangar serves as an aircraft cleaning and maintenance facility for U.S. Air Force C-5, KC-10, C-17, and KC-46 aircraft. Photo courtesy of NAVFAC Southwest.

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest recently completed the construction testing and inspection of a newly installed fire detection and protection system in the corrosion control hangar at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, USA.

The upgraded hangar will serve as an aircraft cleaning and maintenance facility for U.S. Air Force C-5, KC-10, C-17, and KC-46 aircraft, which are valued at more than $7 trillion.

The task order award required the altering of the hangar for corrosion control operations of the KC-46A Pegasus, a military aerial refueling and strategic military transport aircraft. The project required the demolition and replacement of existing failed structural concrete, replacement of the existing epoxy floor coating, replacement of the hangar lighting systems, and replacement of the fire detection and protection system. The scope also included site improvements and other work necessary to produce a complete and usable facility.

“There were several obstacles and hurdles we had to overcome throughout this project, from unforeseen asbestos abatement in the ceiling of the mechanical room and the unforeseen obstacles in the underground piping [four or five additional utility lines in the way], as well as having to adapt to COVID, and not to mention that we had fires in August, which evacuated the base and halted the pre-final testing, forcing weeks of coordination and preparation to be rescheduled to a later date,” says Lt. j.g. Ivan Rodriguez, Resident Officer in Charge Travis construction manager. “However, our efforts at the end were successful, and we provided a fully operational product to the Air Force.”

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