Install New Airfield Guidance Signs, Andrews Air Force Base, Camp Springs, MD

Install New Airfield Guidance Signs, Andrews Air Force Base, Camp Springs, MD

Delta Airport Consultants, Inc. provided airfield sign planning and design services for the installation of a complete FAA Part 139 compliant airfield sign system.  The 89th Airlift Wing initiated a design-build IDIQ contract to develop an Airfield Sign Plan and Airfield Sign Installation Project.  This project required coordination of FAA, Air Force, and ICAO design standards to ensure that the Base’s requirements could be met without any Air Force waivers while correcting current waiver conditions as much as possible.  Limited “as- built” information was available for the existing electrical circuits.  Because these circuits were extremely deteriorated, a complete electrical system assessment was conducted to determine if the additional load could be accommodated.

Base officials placed a high priority on the installation of the airfield signs, but funds were limited. Delta determined that replacement of outdated fixtures would yield a 60% reduction in electrical demand associated with the runway and taxiway circuits.

A significant accomplishment on this project was the development of a phasing plan which accommodated electrical construction over the entire airfield.   Delta’s Project Manager, a former Andrews AFB pilot,  developed the plan from his unique knowledge of the special missions of the based flying units.  The plan provided work areas for the contractor, access routes to minimize the potential for incursions, and aircraft taxi routes for routine and contingency operations.  The plan also provided locations for contractor personnel to be secured during Presidential “Ramp Freeze” periods.  Base personnel requested this phasing plan be used for future projects.