Hydrant Fuel System Modifications

Hydrant Fuel System Modifications

Location: Orlando, Fla.

Client: Orlando International Airport

Burns & McDonnell was responsible for modifications to an existing 24-gate hydrant fuel system. Fuel supply to the Airside 2 system is provided by a new fuel line connection to an in-use fuel system at Airside 4. Fifteen new hydrant pits were required to serve an aircraft mix of DC10 to B737 aircraft. Modifications to the hydrant fueling system brought the system into compliance with 1998 Florida environmental regulations requiring hydrant system pressure testing. A waiver was obtained from the Florida State environmental agency to allow the use of single wall prongs. This waiver resulted in project cost savings of more than $200,000 in capital costs, plus continuing maintenance costs.

Sixteen new passenger loading bridges were installed to serve the aircraft positions. A 400-hertz aircraft ground power system was installed in conjunction with each loading bridge. Burns & McDonnell was also responsible for the aircraft parking plans and pavement marking systems. Modifications were also provided to apron pavements, ramp and fuel system vault access roads, storm drain and apron lighting.

The project was designed in three construction bid packages to allow for continuous construction to meet the in-service deadline.