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Contrack Watts Helps Deliver First of 8 New Hangars Planned at Tinker Air Force Base

Monday, October 28, 2019

Tinker Air Force Base celebrated on October 18 the opening of a new KC-46A Pegasus maintenance depot. Contrack Watts supported the delivery of the single-bay hangar by completing enabling infrastructure work in June 2019.

This is the first of eight new hangars planned for Tinker Air Force Base’s new 156-acre maintenance campus that will be built in phases through 2027. Upon completion, the campus will provide ramp infrastructure, software innovation labs and engine test facilities.

Contrack Watts was the first contractor in the campus, partnering with Garney Construction in a joint venture to construct all underground utilities and airfield pavement needed for the hangars.

The Contrack Watts-Garney joint venture had a scope of work that included demolishing, clearing and grubbing the entire complex site, utility demolition and removing and crushing of the existing railroad ballast from the campus. New construction work included earthwork, wet and dry utilities, lime treatment of soils and a perimeter road with a bridge and mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls. The project also included granular base rock and asphalt drainage layer for an aircraft parking concrete apron and taxiway with a 25-foot wide asphalt shoulder and 168-vehicle parking lot.

CWG worked over 155,000 man-hours on the project with no lost time or recordable injuries.

At 55,000 square feet, the hangar is the single-largest construction project at the military base in Oklahoma since the 1940s. The maintenance facility will primarily serve as a repair shop for crews to perform work on the 179 KC-46A aircrafts the Air Force is purchasing over the next nine years to replace its aging fleet of KC-135 stratotankers.

Watch KFOR-TV’s coverage of the ribbon cutting ceremony to gain more background on the master plan for the base and the KC-46A Pegasus aircraft.

First Step of HNL CONRAC Nearing Completion

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Watts Constructors, a subsidiary of Contrack-Watts, Inc., is constructing the new Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC) at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) in Honolulu, Hawaii. The facility will significantly increase operational efficiency and security to better serve 13 rental car companies and their customers.

To construct the 1.8-million-square-foot facility, the existing car rental buildings were demolished to clear the site for the five-level, cast-in-place concrete structure that will provide vehicular parking areas, rental agency areas, office spaces, car wash equipment and commercial fueling stations. In total, the CONRAC will include 2,250 parking stalls.

The 22-acre project is sequentially phased in Steps A, B and C. Step A, which is slated to be completed and ready for occupancy in December 2019, involved the placement of 45,000 cubic yards of concrete and includes the rental car offices, rental car parking, 16-car wash bays and 64 fueling positions. The facility incorporates the only multi-story fueling system in Hawaii, a total of 20 escalators in the complex and a 35,000-square-foot customer service building on the second level.

To date, the project team has diverted 91% of the construction waste from landfills, recycling nearly 28.5 tons of concrete and asphalt paving and 832 tons of metal.

Work has already begun on Step B, which will result in the placement of another 40,000 cubic yards of concrete. Watts Constructors completed the auger cast pile system, the placement of the tower crane foundations and a partial installation of the tower crane. The first vertical concrete pours will commence in late September.

The entire project, which is aiming for LEED Silver certification, is estimated for completion in January 2022.

AGC of America Presents a Build America Award to JV Team that Includes Contrack Watts Subsidiary Watts Constructors

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

At its annual convention the first week of April, the Associated General Contractors of America recognized the best construction projects from 2018 with Build America Awards. Of those honored, Naval Base Guam X-Ray Wharf Improvements was selected as best New Federal and Heavy project.

Guam MACC Builders JV performed work on the X-Ray Wharf improvements at the U.S. naval base located at Apra Harbor, Guam. Watts Constructors, a subsidiary of Contrack Watts, Inc., was part of the joint venture that included Healy Tibbitts and Obayashi Corporation. The project was completed at the end of 2018.

“This is a great recognition for the JV team and our company,” said Watts Constructors General Manager Shoja Rezvani. “To win a Build America Award from the Associated General Contractors is a significant accomplishment. Our project team and trade partners deserve an immense amount of credit for making it possible.”

The Naval Base Guam X-Ray Wharf services the U.S. Navy’s modern cargo ship fleet and its critical operations in the Pacific Rim, including the safe loading and unloading of supply vessels. To successfully deliver this project, the Guam MACC Builders JV team had to carefully collaborate with the Navy and other stakeholders to meet a tight schedule and comply with strict environmental requirements. Improvements to expand and strengthen the 742-foot berthing complex included a new sheet pile bulkhead with tie-back system, dredging, pile-supported trestle and mooring dolphin and new concrete and AC paving to strengthen the relieving platform area, as well as a new bilge and oily waste system and generator building.

The Build America Awards is AGC of America’s most prestigious recognition program to highlight the nation’s most significant construction projects. A panel of judges, representing all areas of construction, evaluated the submissions and selected the winning projects by assessing their complexity, use of innovative construction techniques and client satisfaction, among other criteria.