Project: W.K. Kellogg Airport Taxiway Lighting
Customer: MDOT Aeronautical Division
Year Built: 2014
Manufacturer: Brutsche Concrete Products
Installer: Windemuller Electric
Location: Battle Creek, Michigan
When the Federal Aviation Administration updated the criteria regarding taxiway geometry, the taxiway lighting had to be replaced, or moved, on three of the taxiways at the W.K .Kellogg Airport, according to Mead & Hunt Inc. Project Manager, Jeff Thoman.
“The main challenge was replacing the bases while minimizing the impact on airport users,” said Thoman.
The other challenge was meeting all of the FAA and Michigan Department of Transportation Aeronautics requirements for taxiway bases.
For this project 184 Pole Base® Taxiway Bases were installed by Windemuller Electric. The MDOT Aeronautics division allowed the use of precast taxiway bases if the engineering consultants and contractors on the project wanted to move forward with them. As a result, Pole Base Taxiway Bases were used throughout the site.
Pole Base is an architecturally designed precast concrete foundation for outdoor site lighting, streetscapes, parking lots, and more. With multiple faces, color options, and customizable finishes, Pole Base offers an aesthetically pleasing solution that stands out in the industry. Since Pole Base is manufactured in a controlled environment to ensure top quality, installation can happen at any time, regardless of weather or site conditions.
According to Andy Urquhart, Project Manager with Windemuller Electric, using Pole Base was a major advantage in the field because they were able to install the bases faster than installing a cast-in-place system. Urquhart said they were able to overdig the hole, set the base, backfill with stone, and set the base right where they wanted it. With a cast-in-place system, there is not as much freedom with the size of the hole the base is placed in. Having the conduit in place and ready to go was also an advantage, said Urquhart.
“The time in the field is really cut down,” said Urquhart regarding the advantages of using Pole Base Taxiway Bases.
Urquhart estimated that the bases took an average of 30 minutes to install each, which was possible because the prefabricated taxiway bases were produced to match the project’s specifications. Urquhart said the installation would have taken three to six hours per base if they would have used a cast-in-place system.
The 24 inch (0.6 meters) electric light pole bases were manufactured using architectural grade precast concrete and designed specifically for airport runway light bases or taxiway light bases. These bases have a ½ inch (12.7 millimeters) chamfer at the ground surface and are 42 inches (1.07 meters) tall. The lights are set into a galvanized L-867 electric light base that is 12 inches (304.8 millimeters) in diameter and 24 inches (.6 meters) tall with two internal grounding lugs. These bases have side drainage conduit built in to the unit, and some of the bases also feature an integral bottom drainage system that is set into an 18 inch (0.46 meter) drainage stone foundation.
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