Israel and the United States have shared common construction interests since 1988, when the Israel’s Defense Minister Ariel Sharon and American Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger signed a memorandum of understanding in 1981. The goal of mutually strengthening each nation’s security continues today. The United States Army Corps of Engineers called for the construction of two new facilities at this Israeli Air Force Base in Southern Israel.

Conti Federal constructed both facilities (a two-story underground building and a one-story building above ground) simultaneously around active military base operations. The new, above-grade, high bay one-story building houses four simulator rooms, a Pilot Learning Center (auditorium type classroom) a server room, a large communications room, and various training spaces. The new underground facility  was heavily fortified and also included construction of three remote concrete structures for generator and chillers and upgrades to an existing electrical structure.

Key features of the project included:

  • Constructed two story and one story hardened buildings
  • Performed site excavation and site preparation activities
  • Installed HVAC air handling units and chillers
  • Performed finishing work
  • Upgraded electrical structure and UPS systems
  • Installed communication systems and building management systems
  • Installed fire protection systems
  • Installed blast doors and other security features