The runway at Michael Army Airfield (MAAF) was originally constructed in 1951 and by 2008 it was in desperate need of repair. The airfield is located in a very remote area of Utah on a 450,000-acre live bombing/training base known as Dugway Proving Grounds. The airfield provides aircraft carrying live ordnance with a safe place to land in an unpopulated area in the event of systems or equipment failure. Over the years, the runway has been used for a number of emergency and scheduled military landings. NASA also utilized the airfield for critical recovery operations of the Genesis and Stardust Mission crafts and as a landing site for the X-33 space vehicle.
Sundt’s scope of work at MAAF included on-site central mix production of concrete as well as placing and finishing for a new full-length concrete runway, multiple taxiways and two aircraft parking aprons. The runway project included 64,000 cubic yards of Portland Cement Concrete Paving (PCCP) for a new 11,000-foot runway. The second project consisted of producing and placing 20,400 cubic yards of PCCP in 18 days. Several times on both projects we had to evacuate for an unscheduled emergency landing.
The site can experience extreme winds mixed with the summer heat, which puts stress on placing and finishing quality concrete. In light of that fact, it was our goal to place concrete as quickly as possible. In fact, both projects completed ahead of schedule – the second project an astonishing 238 days early.
Michael Army Airfield
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers