TMG constructed the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport’s Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Facility Station 301 (ARFF-301), which serves the rescue and response needs of the entire airport. The project involved construction of a 26,000 SF one-story building and related site improvements.
The new building is a six-bay, steel-framed facility with corrugated metal siding, single-ply membrane roof system and automated, overhead doors on opposite sides of the structure. Designed with living quarters to accommodate 22-person, fire-rescue shifts operating 24/7, the building houses not only fire and rescue equipment but state-of-the-art building systems. Related site work included working within a 70-year-old airfield, which entailed excavating through three generations of existing utilities and hazardous material residue to install new building-related utilities and stormwater collection system; to construct parking lots and building approaches; and, to demolish the existing ARFF once the new building was completed and accepted for use.
Once the new facility was completed, the project included the removal of the existing ARFF facility. This required the phased transition of permanent electric service to the new ARFF-301 facility, the abandonment of utilities, demolition of the existing firehouse and perimeter security, asbestos abatement, debris removal and dust control.
Being located adjacent to the Airport Operations Area (AOA), an element of TMG’s responsibility included keeping the job site secure by providing escorts and requiring subs to be badged. Moreover, the relationship of the project site to the airfield caused jet wash to be an issue that including maintaining cleanliness to prevent FOD (Foreign Object Debris) from being ingested by nearby aircraft engines.