Parsons Corporation exercised two options, worth a combined value of $30.5 million, on the Bucholz Army Airfield effort in the Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE).
The firm fixed price project delivery contract was awarded to Parsons in August 2019 and was a new, competitive win for the company with a total value of $229 million.
Bucholz Army Airfield is in a remote, highly corrosive, humid and salt-laden environment which presents unique challenges as Parsons replaces various components of the airfield, including the major runways, taxiways and parking aprons. Additional work includes installing potable and non-potable water line systems, lined water catchment and drainage systems, airfield pavement markings, runway and taxiway lighting systems, electric vault, and an airfield electrical distribution system along with upgrading airfield navigation aids for flight operations.
“Parsons is pleased to extend our partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers Honolulu District to rehabilitate Bucholz Army Airfield,” said Christian Alexander, executive vice president of engineered systems for Parsons. “Bucholz Airfield is a highly strategic national asset for the U.S. military in the Pacific theatre, so our expertise delivering safe and effective operations that ensure no impact to operational requirements will be critical on this project.”
Bucholz Army Airfield Repair is a design-bid-build renovation project with phasing to accommodate a fully active runway throughout the entire duration of the renovation. Airfield repairs will be completed in one single phase, and airfield operations will continue to function during repairs.
Bucholz Army Airfield
Bucholz Army Airfield (IATA: KWA, ICAO: PKWA, FAA LID: KWA) is a U.S. Army airfield located on Kwajalein Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. The airfield forms part of U.S. Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll (USAG-KA).
The airfield was initially built by the Japanese in 1943 as part of a large naval base. After the defeat of the Japanese, Kwajalein was developed into a major United States Military airbase and staging area for further World War II operations.
After the war, the United States used Kwajalein as a main command center and preparation base for Operation Crossroads and an extensive series of nuclear tests (comprising a total of 67 blasts) at the Marshalls’ atolls of Bikini and Enewetak.
Most islands in the Kwajalein Atoll are now part of the U.S. Army’s Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site, or Reagan Test Site (RTS), with various radars, tracking cameras, missile launchers and many support systems spread across many islands. Two islands of Kwajalein Atoll, Kwajalein and Roi-Namur, are home to approximately 1300 Americans, working for the U.S. Government as military service members, Department of Defense (DoD) civilians, and Contractors.