US Army awards $139m airfield repair contract to Parsons

2 September 2019 (Last Updated September 2nd, 2019 10:02)

The US Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract to Parsons to perform repair works at Bucholz Army Airfield on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

US Army awards $139m airfield repair contract to Parsons
Parson will replace airfield components, such as runways, taxiways and parking aprons at Bucholz Army Airfield. Credit: Parsons Corporation.

The US Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract to Parsons to perform repair works at Bucholz Army Airfield on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

The firm fixed price project delivery contract has a base value of $139m and could reach up to $229m if all options are exercised.

Parsons highlighted the challenging conditions at the Bucholz Army Airfield, stating that it is situated in a ‘remote, highly corrosive, humid and salt-laden environment’.

Parson will replace airfield components such as runways, taxiways and parking aprons under the contract.

The company will also install water line systems, lined water catchment and drainage systems, electric vault and airfield pavement markings.

In addition, the contract will include runway and taxiway lighting systems, and an airfield electrical distribution system.

Parsons programme manager Dave Bird said: “We understand the strategic significance of a fully operational Bucholz Airfield for the US military in the Pacific theatre and are honoured the US Army Corps of Engineers has selected Parsons for this important mission.

“The company’s multi-decade history of delivering thoughtful, predictable, safe and sustainably focused results represents the lowest risk, highest value option for the US Army to ensure operations continue during renovation.”

Parsons will also upgrade Bucholz Army Airfield navigation aids to support flight operations.

According to the company, the design-bid-build renovation project will not affect airfield operations at the site.

The project aims to finish airfield repairs in a single phase.