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May 26, 2017
Crane Aerospace & Electronics Fuel Flow Transmitter Test Facility
General contractor: Trico Cos.
Owner/developer: Crane Aerospace & Electronics
Primary designer: Harris Group
Trico Cos. built a 12,000-square-foot research and testing facility for Crane Aerospace & Electronics designed to test mass fuel flow transmitters at extreme operating conditions.
The facility has 12-inch-thick blast-proof walls and a custom-built cryogenic chiller system. There’s no other facility like it.
The project consists of cast-in-place concrete footings and slabs, and a steel structure with metal joists and decking. The exterior includes split-face, integrated-color, 8-inch CMU block, storefront windows, and concealed-fastener sheet metal siding and roofing. A yard includes equipment that supports skids, including fuel storage tanks and the cryogenic chiller linked with a pipe-support bridge.
The building enables Crane to meet increased development and testing requirements on new fuel-efficient engines. The project broke ground in September 2015 and became operational in November 2016.
This facility had several challenges to overcome, many reflected in schedule. Due to the large volume of construction in the area and limited labor and material resources, timely procurement was an enormous challenge on the project.
The facility deals with jet fuel, an extremely flammable substance, so many additional precautions were applied, including hazardous-area fixtures and equipment, blast walls, doors and skylights and meeting all requirements determined by the owner’s insurance company.
The owner shared they valued Trico’s expertise, transparency about budget from start to finish, MEP coordination, and most of all, attitude and actions that said, “we’re going to find a solution, no matter what.”