Alaska Regional Aircraft Fire Training Center
The Alaska Regional Fire Training Center cost approximately $13 million and includes a Propane Fueled Spill Fire Trainer, Propane Fueled Specialized Aircraft Fires Trainer, and a 23,460 square foot Training Building. The building is a two story building with classrooms, offices, locker rooms, equipment rooms, and attached vehicle storage bays. The control room is on the second floor facing the training apparatus. A unique feature of this building design, included Non-FAA lease areas on the second floor and also included provisions for future expansion of the class room area and vehicle storage area. The owner chose to pay the additional cost of the non-FAA areas, in order to take advantage of the building costs which were provided by the FAA AIP grant.
Morrison-Maierle was issued notice to proceed with the site selection and preliminary design in October 1996. Site selection and preliminary design were completed in January 1997. The Environmental Assessment was started by Aries Consultant Ltd. in November 1996 and completed in April 1997 with the FONSI issued in May 1997.
The project also included the design and construction of a multi-story burn building with a unique design that allows for cold weather training to simulate cold climate conditions found on the north slope of Alaska.
The project included one equipment contract and one construction contract. Total project change orders equaled 0.3 percent. Construction of the facility was completed in October 1998 with full operation in November 1998.
Morrison-Maierle provided full project management, FAA grant management, equipment acquisition, site and building design, construction management services, and project closeout.