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Clear Air Force Station Electrical Tie-in and Heat System 

Customer U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District
Location Clear Air Force Station, Alaska
Completed March 2016
Contract $16,644,096
Markets Federal Government, Defense

Clear Air Force Station (AFS) is a strategically significant installation that provides defensive monitoring and plays a crucial role in delivering radar and satellite capabilities that support U.S. space operations. Supervising construction for a design-build project that replaced the coal-fired power plant built in 1961 with a new steam-generation heat plant and an electrical substation to bring local utility power into Clear AFS required accommodating a diverse array of complex operations, which cannot be interrupted at any time.

IMG_2786_cIMG_2802_cCLR028 11-3-15 (10)Following site preparation and concrete foundation installation, a 3,000-square-foot, pre-engineered metal building was erected to house the new 400-BHP steam boilers and related mechanical equipment. Site preparation for the electrical substation included installation of an extensive ground-grid system and foundations for switchgear modules, the transformer and dead-end support structures. Other substation components consisted of a 10-megavolt ampere (MVA) transformer, circuit breaker, switchgear module, generator and load bank.

ASRC Builders, LLC (ABL) coordinated the work of all design disciplines while providing oversight and quality management of the final design documents. The electrical and mechanical systems installed in the heat plant and substation were extensively tested and demonstrated as part of commissioning and turnover to the user. The testing, startup and commissioning plans were created and executed by ABL.

ABL worked closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Air Force end-users for six months to value engineer a variety of heating solutions that brought the project within funding limitations. By obtaining a three-month extension of the period of performance during the proposal phase, work could be shut down during the cold winter months, an approach that saved the client more than $1 million.

Using ECIP, or Energy Conservation Improvement Program, funds, the project brought Clear AFS into compliance with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and various Executive Orders mandating that Government installations reduce their energy consumption. The station and its mission operate with confidence knowing that power will be provided in a reliable, efficient and safe manner from the local utility, or if needed, the standby power system.