Golden Gate Constructors
San Francisco, CA
In the summer of 2014, Royal took on the fastest and largest project we had ever performed. Royal’s subcontract price of $25.9 million, as part of an overall contract of $96 million, included the installation of $14 million in owner-furnished electrical materials within a five-month timeframe. As a subcontractor to Golden Gate Constructors, Royal’s crews worked six days a week, both day and night shifts, to complete our work at one of the busiest airports in the world.
The Runway Safety Area (RWSA) Enhancement Project involved reconstruction of both ends of San Francisco International Airport’s North/South Runways, construction and realignment of various taxiways, construction of new jet blast deflectors, new airfield electrical equipment, new FAA navigational aids, and installation of four Engineered Materials Arrestor Systems (EMAS) at the end of each runway. Because the runways would have to be shut down during construction, the project was compressed into a window of 100 calendar days.
The scope of the project was broken down as follows.
Airfield electrical replacement work:
Federal Aviation Administration navigational aids work, including:
Federal Aviation Administration Runway Status Light (RWSL) work, including:
Royal Electric has been performing airfield electrical work since the early 1980s, with similar elements to this project on different airports throughout the Western US. Unlike projects we had done before, however, this one combined several aspects of airfield electrical, over two runways and multiple taxiways, in a very short duration. While a project like this would typically be phased and take several years to complete, the contract documents called for all work to be performed in 100 calendar days. Other specific challenges included:
Royal Electric and Golden Gate Constructors worked hand-in-hand with the inspection team and SFO to ensure the success of the project. Royal’s expertise in airfield construction and our experience with challenges on projects over the past several decades put us in a position to mitigate any potential problems before they occurred, and present solutions for the owner. Our entire team from the top down was dedicated to bringing this project in safely and on time. Ultimately, the project was completed in 79 calendar days, earning an early-completion bonus of $2 million for the team, and allowing airport operations to reopen the runways early for traveling passengers. Specific solution strategies included:
“No other electrical contractor could have done what Royal did on SFO. Their expertise in airfield electrical is unmatched. Between their ability to see design issues and present constructible solutions, to their ability to complete a tremendous amount of work in an incredibly short work window, is like nothing I have ever seen.”Quinn Hance, DeSilva Gates
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