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Facility Addition for US Air Force

IDEALS, Inc. was enlisted by the US Air Force to provide design-build services for a new addition at the Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
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Military Housing Renovation

IDEALS, inc. completed this $2.8M renovation at Yuma Proving Grounds for the U.S. Army by upgrading existing living spaces and installing extensive energy conservation measures.
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Prather Waterline | HAFB

This utility infrastructure construction project involved the replacement of approximately 21,000 linear feet (LF) of existing 16” diameter concrete cylinder with a new 16” C905 PVC pipe.
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This utility infrastructure construction project involved the replacement of approximately 21,000 linear feet (LF) of existing 16” diameter concrete cylinder with a new 16” C905 PVC pipe along a new route that follows the east side of the Highway 54 Right-of-Way (ROW) from the Boles Well Field access road approximately eight miles north to the existing Prather Water Line tie in point at the 54/70 overpass. The total elevation change in the new water line was approximately 164 feet.


The project had several utility services and main lines that crossed the project corridor in addition to multiple culverts, headwalls, channels, and developed driveways from adjacent residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural properties.


Improvements to the existing system included the addition of a pressure relief valve (PRV) at the north end of the project and inside a new valve house constructed at the south end of the project. IDEALS Engineering Division evaluated some existing pressure problems at the north end of the existing water line. Data collected regarding the operating pressure of the existing water line indicated the system was operating at excessive pressures. Investigation indicated that a PRV was not present at the north end of the system to reduce the pressure and that an existing gate valve was being utilized to “throttle down” the pressure to useable level resulting in extensive wear on the valve. IDEALS engineering team was able to identify design problems and offer a solution to the problem with minimal change to project scope.


Also, this project required the addition of a new 15’ x 30’ valve house at the south end of the water line. The new valve house provided a method of housing the electronic control valve, valve control equipment, blow-off valves for both incoming lines and additional room for a pressure-reducing valve. The building also provides weather protection for this equipment and to facilitate future upgrade capability through flexible design. A Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, compatible with the existing hybrid system utilized at HAFB was utilized to provide for control of the motor operated valve, monitoring of intrusion alarm, power failure and valve position.
One of the challenges during construction of this project was boring under existing railroad tracks and the highway, which paralleled the placement of the new water line.. As a result of replacing the existing 16” water line, providing new pressure relief valves and electronic control, the Prather waterline has been upgraded with high quality components for better control and improved delivery of water service.