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Clear Air Force Station Emergency Heat System 

Customer U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District
Location Clear Air Force Station, Alaska
Completed June 2015
Contract $1,192,722
Market Federal Government, Defense

This design-build project completed by ASRC Builders, LLC (ABL) provided temporary backup steam boilers and backup generator service to supply heat for Clear Air Force Station (AFS), a strategically significant installation important for defensive monitoring and for radar and satellite capabilities that support U.S. space operations. The primary heat source, a coal-fired Central Heat and Power Plant (CHPP) that generated steam for the station, had proven to be unreliable, leaving the station vulnerable to outages that could result in permanent damage to the existing critical infrastructure.

DSC00410_cA very short time frame of about eight weeks was allowed for inception to completed installation and commissioning. Further, the work was performed in November and December, a time when the temperatures in Interior Alaska fell to 40 degrees below zero (Fahrenheit).

The design-build team led by ABL identified the layout and arrangement of the boilers and generator. ABL erected separate pre-engineered structures for the boilers and for the generator and coordinated the integration of mechanical and electrical infrastructure needed to put the boilers and online. We also executed testing and startup of the boiler units as well as on-going operational support throughout the winter months.