Israeli Air Force Hardened Aircraft Shelters Facility

Southern Israel

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Europe, in coordination with the Israeli Air Force, is expanding through new construction of support buildings and hangars on a confidential site in South Israel.

Conti delivered the new construction of 21 total structures, including eight Hardened Aircraft Structures (HAS). Each HAS included heavily reinforced concrete walls; steel sheds; shelter gates; custom-designed door types; and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

The project included construction of multiple support buildings, including office, maintenance, and storage facilities. Site work included excavation, utilities, and taxiway paving. A challenging project element was the custom fabrication and installation of four steel blast doors and gates at the entrances and exits of each HAS structure. The framing for these gates and doors had to be sequenced with the cast-in-place concrete walls, with each gate leaf weighing over 60 tons. Conti constructed utility tunnels below-grade to house electrical, mechanical, fuel, compressed air, fire-detection, and telecom systems and provided a pathway for utilities to service the various structures.

Conti constructed concrete and asphalt taxiway paving. Three taxiway areas tied into the active runway and taxiway adjacent to the work site. Coordination of runway and fuel system tie-ins required close communication with the base operations. An additional 20,000 CM of asphalt service roads and shoulders were constructed in conjunction with the taxiways. Two existing ammunition storage structures on the southern limit of this project also required rehabilitation.

Each Hardened Aircraft Shelter (HAS) involved a large amount of concrete in multiple pours and had a jet fuel system supplied from existing lines adjacent to the project site.

Project details

Client USACE Europe
Value $65.2M
Status Completed
Key features
  • Constructed 8 hardened aircraft shelters
  • Installed 32 shelter blast gates and doors
  • Installed steel scabbing plates
  • Constructed ammunition storage facilities
  • Mass cast-in-place concrete
  • Installed complex building management system
  • Utility tunnels and major utility systems
  • Constructed administrative and support buildings
  • Paved taxiway in active traffic areas
  • Installed jet fuel systems

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