RS&H was selected to lead the development of the design-build RFP for Zone 6 (Airfield Drainage) portion rebuild after Hurricane Michael significantly damaged the base in 2018. RS&H provided comprehensive design services to enable the base to be fully operational within 72 hours of a major storm event and was the Engineer of Record for the stormwater management facilities.
This project is not just a renovation of the existing infrastructure, but rather a total upgrade of the storm water system including significant modeling and resiliency upgrades for what the Air Force has deemed “the installation of the future.” The design team’s work on this project will set design standards for military bases worldwide. With an estimated construction cost of $150 million, the team is preparing design-build RFP technical requirements, concept design drawings, and cost estimates – all within a greatly accelerated contract performance period due to a critical need generated by the upcoming stationing of F35 aircraft at Tyndall Air Force Base.
Resiliency in the event of another storm is of utmost importance and a design flood elevation significantly higher than previously utilized has been identified for this project. RS&H’s expertise in climate risk, adaption and resilience related to airfield design is key to the redevelopment efforts of this key military facility. Climatic resiliency measures include designing to various storm events greater than today’s criteria and consideration of a seven-foot sea level rise to match the expectations for the year 2100.