Matrix Design Group provided Title I, Type A and B design services for the repair of Taxiway Zulu at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. The scope of work included conducting a site investigation and preparing a conceptual report to investigate alignment, pavement, NAVAID, air traffic control and lighting options and present the optimal alternative for replacement of the existing taxiway, design of the new facilities and preparation of construction documents for execution by one of Buckley’s MATOC contractors.  This project enhances operations at the new Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) by replacing the existing, failed 40’ wide asphalt taxiway between the new aircraft parking apron and existing runway with a new 50’ wide by 1500’ long, state of the art, UFC compliant taxiway.

Matrix performed Life Cycle cost analysis on several project alternatives including use of rigid (PCC) or flexible (ACC) pavements, use of LED or incandescent lighting, the reuse of existing fixtures, need for backup power generation, location of power regulators and light controls and construction phasing.  It was determined that the best fiscal option was to use a rigid pavement with LED lighting.  Existing lighting will be reused where possible, regulators will be installed inside an existing electrical room eliminating the need for additional backup power and lighting will be controlled from both the tower and the AASF capitalizing on existing excess fiber optic capacity.  The use of these cost saving measures will reduce the construction and lifecycle cost of the taxiway by over 10%.

The final design includes new taxiway alignment within constraints placed by the existing apron, Zulu pad, runway and planned parallel taxiway, full pavement design for taxiway (PCC) and shoulders (ACC), repair and  replacement of NAVAIDS, power, controls and lighting to meet current code and UFC criteria.