Sheppard Air Force Base has been training America’s Airmen since 1941. The base is home to the Air Force’s largest technical training wing as well as one of its busiest and most unique flying missions. Sheppard Air Force Base needed a storm sewer pipe product to enclose an air infield drainage channel on the base.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) required the drainage channel enclosure as a result of adding a new runway 15 years ago. This is the third and final phase of the enclosure.
When investigating solutions, the AFB considered Aluminized Steel Type 2 ULTRA FLO®, Reinforced Concrete Pipe (RCP) and High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipe. RCP was found to be cost prohibitive and HDPE was not considered structurally adequate for the project needs.
Aluminized Type 2 ULTRA FLO from Contech Engineered Solutions LLC was chosen for the drainage channel because it met all of the project requirements. Aluminized Steel Type 2 ULTRA FLO is fabricated from steel that has been hot-dipped in commercially pure aluminum, offering 75 years or more of maintenance free service life for the base. It is also light weight and has a smaller outside diameter, allowing for a simple – and economical – installation. ULTRA FLO also provides the structural strength required of the project.
Ought-Too Construction installed 10,560’ of 72” diameter, 12 gage and 220’ of 18” diameter, 16 gage ULTRA FLO pipe over the course of several months.
Contech has been a long time partner with Sheppard Air Force Base and has successfully supplied ULTRA FLO pipe for the base for more than 15 years. ULTRA FLO was used for the first two phases of construction as well. Phase 1 included 3,750 feet of 72 inch diameter and 1,200 feet of 60 inch diameter ALT2 ULTRA FLO. Phase 2 included 10,700 feet of 72 inch diameter ALT2 ULTRA FLO. The first two phases have functioned satisfactory for over 15 years.