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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The objective of this project was to upgrade unimproved primary tank trails located at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), located in White Sands, New Mexico.  Rebuilding included sub-base preparation, addition of base course and a gravel surface course and application of a dust suppressant to the finished surface.  Drainage was an important concern as there were many crossings that required improved reconstruction to meet or exceed original design specifications.  Drainage improvements consisted of corrugated metal pipe culverts with gabion headwalls or Low Water Stream Crossing (LWSC) constructed of geo-cellular structures. 

In addition to mechanical erosion, there is also substantial erosion on the approach sections of a tank trail during storms as sediment from the trail is moved directly into the stream at the LWSC.  These conditions necessitated the need for a well-constructed and physically stable Low Water Stream Crossing (LWSC).  Construction of an LWSC is site specific, so IDEALS team conducted hydrologic analysis at each crossing to determine if the flow is perennial, intermittent or ephemeral.  It was important to determine the soil types and the stream bed conditions. A poorly sited LWSC may require more maintenance, or experience more closures due to high flow conditions.  Avoiding or minimizing these conditions was one of our goals in the design and execution of the repairs and improvements of the tank trails and tank crossings.

The resulting repairs have greatly improved the original tank trails, correcting many of the existing erosion issues and improving their performance.  Coordination with WSMR along with special attention to specific drainage issues, erosion issues at tank trail crossings and the use of quality materials has improved the longevity and durability of the tank trails, resulting in a successful project.

West New Mexico Avenue is an busy roadway through Holloman Air Force Base (HAFB), providing access to the officer's club, the PX and other important base services. Repair and restoration of the existing roadways in and around HAFB is an ongoing process and requires consistent design and construction practices.

This project involved the repair of West New Mexico Avenue beginning from 11th Street to 1st Street, comprising a total length of approximately 4000 linear feet, varying between 30 and 36 wide. A traffic control plan was developed in order to anticipate and manage the everyday traffic flow during the construction of the roadway.

This project also required the repair of existing curb, gutter and some sidewalk areas. Some of the existing concrete structures along West New Mexico Avenue had been damaged over time and it was necessary to restore them to maintain pedestrian safety and control water flow on the roadway surface.

IDEALS designed and constructed a new roundabout at the 6th Street intersection to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion. The roundabout is the first of it's kind at HAFB and offers modernized traffic calming and more efficient traffic flow.


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.

Sabre Road experiences a high volume of traffic and had experienced normal to above average deterioration in many areas due to heavy truck traffic and drainage issues. IDEALS was contracted to perform Design services to rebuild the roadway and correct drainage issues while maintaining access to facilities along Sabre Road.

IDEALS in-house design team worked closely with HAFB personnel from the conceptual stage to final acceptance to ensure the goals were mt with minimal cost and disturbance to operations. The project design included producing construction plans, traffic control plans and specifications at 35%, 65%, 95% and 100% completion to be reviewed by HAFB and the contractor prior to construction of the $1.4M Project.

Demolition and reconstruction of the existing roadway was required to while maintaining access to critical areas along Sabre Road. A phased construction schedule was implemented to reduce impact on traffic flow and access along with good project planning and coordination with the construction contractor has produced a high quality and long lasting surface for Sabre Road.


This project involved the renovation of Building 1004, Unaccompanied Personnel Housing (UPH) at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Grounds located in Yuma, AZ. The purpose of this complete renovation was to upgrade existing living spaces and reduce the energy costs associated with the existing three-story, 22,866 square foot structure.

The common kitchen on the second floor was upgraded with new cabinets, appliances and interior finishes. The renovation of each living space included new flooring, installation of a small "kitchenette" appliance consisting of a single stove top, sink and microwave/convection oven unit, with an exhaust hood equipped with a fire suppression system. Bathroom renovations included new lighting, ceramic wall and floor tile, a new water closet, lavatory and "low-flow" type of fixtures to improve water conservation.

Existing CMU walls were "skimmed" and finished with a knock-down type of painted surface improving the appearance of the existing walls and providing a long lasting and durable finish. Each unit was upgraded with data/communication access adding telephone, cable and Internet access coordinated from a single point in the building. A basement laundry facilities was also renovated with new floor and wall coverings and the installation of new countertops and new commercial style washer/dryer electrical outlets.

Energy saving measures were taken to reduce energy costs and sustain a comfortable living environment. All appliances were required to meet or exceed Energy Star requirements. Improvements to the thermal envelope were employed by adding rigid insulating materials to the exterior of the building and coated with cementitious texture and acrylic stucco. Automation to the existing mechanical systems and lighting was added to improve the performance of the existing HVAC equipment and systems. Energy-saving film was applied to all windows to reduce heating and cooling costs.

This project utilized turnkey solutions in order to reduce the time required for the renovations to Building 1004 (UPH). As a result, this made renovation to each unit consistent and more cost effective. Additionally, all work was successfully carried out while portions of the building were occupied with consideration given to occupant privacy and quality of life.