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Point Lookout E-W Emitter / Communications Facility
The project involves the installation of new submarine fiber optic lines and the construction of two new towers to support the NAVAIR mission based at the Naval Air Station - Patuxent River in Patuxent River, Maryland. The towers, one a 200-foot, open frame steel tower and the other, an 80-foot concrete tower topped by a radar dome, will support sensitive electronic communications and tracking equipment. The fiber optic lines will improve the communications capabilities and data transmission between the new remote facilities and the operations base at the Air Station.
AMT'S ROLE: AMT was the prime on the contract with the Navy's Engineering Field Activity, Chesapeake (EFACHES) and was tasked with developing the Request For Proposal (RFP) documents that will be issued to prospective design/build teams interested in constructing these facilities. AMT served as the lead member of the team including geotechnical, structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and cost estimating sub-consultants. In addition to AMT's responsibilities as coordinator of the RFP development team, we also provided field survey services and civil site design and consultation services.
What Makes this Project Unique? This project features an interesting cooperative effort between the Federal government and the State of Maryland. The existing NAVAIR facilities are located next to a historic lighthouse structure (c. 1830) that is owned by the Navy and the area of the park is also steeped in civil war history (see www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/ptlookouthistory.html for more information on the history of the area). The Federal and State authorities are working together to make the park and the lighthouse more accessible to the public. By moving the NAVAIR facilities away from the lighthouse, the public will be better able to enjoy the features of the park and the Navy will improve the security and functionality of its facilities.
AMT is the prime contractor for this Navy project under the new RFP development program.
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