November 28, 2017

Radar approach facility renovation awarded Gold Medal

​The American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas honored a Garver-led project

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas recently honored a Garver-led project that turned one of the U.S. Army’s most complicated radar approach control facilities into a modern and updated operation focused on efficiency and safety.

Radar approach facility renovation awarded Gold Medal

A full-scale renovation of the Army Radar Approach Control building at Robert Gray Army Airfield at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas was awarded a Gold Medal in the Building/Technology Systems category by ACEC-Texas, the result of a combined effort between Garver’s Aviation, Facilities Design, and Federal teams. The project completely reorganized a control facility that has been in use since 1975 and currently services eight civilian and four military airfields in central Texas.

“Because of its importance, we had to come up with a plan to keep the ARAC operational during construction," said Project Manager Josh Crawford. "It was a difficult task, but we're proud to say it didn't miss one day of operations."

Garver’s plan provided a temporary and transportable facility, which required coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, Fort Hood Directorate of Aviation, and the City of Killeen Department of Aviation, to keep operations going during the renovations. The new facility, which opened earlier this year, now has a free-flowing floor plan concentrated to enhance operations, maintenance, administration, and general areas, to more efficiently service up to 10,000 flights per year.

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