Owner: New Mexico Spaceport Authority
Engineer: AECOM
Prime Contractor: Gerald Martin Construction
Location of Project: Upham, NM
Contract Amount: $2,170,176.00

Spaceport America

Spaceport America

AUI worked diligently with Gerald Martin Management to maintain open communication and flexibility, as this project was one of many in the infant stages of Spaceport America. The prioritized implementation of security and safety measures on this high profile project, in addition to the environmental requirements and focus on cultural sensitivity, made it necessary to regularly coordinate with our material suppliers, subcontractors and employees to assure proper training and awareness in these areas prior to them being allowed access to the site.

This new site utility, wastewater treatment plant and collection system project included installation of five septic tanks to include one 50,000 gallon septic/ equalization tank, 20,000 gallon dosing tank, 30,000 gallon anoxic/recirculation tank and filters, and six miles of leach line, in addition to a 50,000 gallon holding tank and lift station, fiberglass valve vaults, fiberglass storage building, and telemetry control panel. AUI’s work also involved the installation of approximately three miles of 8” SDR-35 PVC Sewer collection piping which included all necessary fittings, valves, and appurtenances, 47 manholes, 1.5 miles of base course roadway and re-seeding. In addition, AUI worked to coordinate and schedule with other prime contractors on-site to make sure that we stayed on schedule while not interfering with other work outside of our own, as several different project phases were ongoing nearby. The contract was placed on temporary project suspension through August 2011 while waiting for permanent power to be installed, by others under separate contract. Throughout this year long wait, at the request of the owner, AUI continued to monitor and maintain the waste water treatment plant, to assure a successful start-up of the lift station when permanent power finally became available.