Air Force Base Runway Replacement Supports Global War on Terrorism
Andersen Air Force Base in Guam serves a key role in supporting both combat and military airlift missions for the Global War on Terrorism. The base's air missions are supported by a pair of two-mile-long runways. The North Runway project to replace the existing asphalt runway with Portland Cement Concrete (PCC) was completed in 2007. The 50-year-old South Runway had deteriorated to a point where safe performance of the runway was a significant concern of the military. Complete removal and replacement of the runway was compulsory.
The $50.6 million runway replacement was awarded as a Design-Build project through the Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency (AFCESA) to Tutor-Perini Corporation and its local subsidiary, Black Construction Company. Stanley Consultants was retained by Perini as the lead design firm and coordinator throughout design, construction and closeout activities.
The full project scope included demolition and reconstruction of the existing 11,185 feet by 200 feet South Runway with full (PCC) pavement; repairs and tie-ins to existing taxiway intersections; removal and replacement of degraded airfield lighting; and arresting gear realignment and reconstruction.
Anderson Air Force Base has been the focal point of United States Air Force strength in the Pacific Far East for more than 50 years. It is home to Pacific Air Forces' 13th Air Force and the 36th Wing, Air Mobility Command's 634th Air Mobility Support Squadron. The base is one of four Bomber Forward Operating Locations [BFOL] in the Air Force. These locations provide forward support to bomber crews deploying overseas in Europe, Southwest Asia and in the Pacific.