- Control Tower Replacement
Burns & McDonnell provided professional services to the Rhode Island Air National Guard and the National Guard Bureau to support the planning and design of a new air traffic control tower (ATCT) at Quonset State Airport. The facility is on track to achieve LEED Silver certification, exceeding the project's goal of certification. This was achieved through the utilization of construction waste management best practices, environmentally friendly materials and a life cycle cost/building energy model analysis that guided the HVAC, plumbing and electrical designs in achieving optimal energy conservation. Burns & McDonnell managed the certification process.
The overall height of the ATCT is 98 feet, 5 inches above grade with a cab floor elevation of 77 feet 7 inches above grade.
The tower provides air traffic control services for Air National Guard (ANG) 143rd Airlift Wing operations and oversees the operations of vehicles and personnel at airport. The tower design complies with Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (ATFP) requirements.
Sited to east of Runway 16-34 and south of Runway 23-5, the new facility, at 5,800 gross square feet, provides the base's air traffic controllers with an efficient, modern facility. The tower is a steel super-structure with 6-inch-thick precast concrete panels. The design optimized available floor space by incorporating innovative design features including a machine room-less elevator and a stairwell pressurization system that eliminated the need for a pressurization room at ground level. The project included design options for monetary savings and versatility, for the routing of the new communications conduits to connect to existing recent construction, and designed the connection of new utilities to ensure a seamless transition of services upon project completion.
- Design/construction civil engineering
- Airfield engineering
- Mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems
- Planning and programming charrette
- Project management and A/E services from project inception to completion
- Subcontractor management for for geotech and survey services
- Cost estimating
- Energy modeling and life cycle cost analysis
- Building commissioning
- Sustainable coordination
- Construction administration and project closeout
- Exterior materials and design compatible with the base's architectural standards and conform to the latest ANG design requirements.
- Tower acts as a focal point on base with exterior lighting and custom fabricated signage with 143rd Airlift Wing logo.
- Project uses dual-lighting control and auto on/off motion sensors in occupied room to reduce lighting power consumption.
- Control cab equipped with controls for lighting, heating/cooling and building security to provide air traffic controllers control over their working space without leaving the control cab.
- Design includes a full capacity generator that is aesthetically shielded from the exterior and provides power in case of emergency power failure.
- Project coordinated existing airfield lighting interface with client.
- Energy conservation efforts produced 40 percent energy savings in accordance with EPACT 2005.