Ontario, Ca

Stronghold Engineering, Inc. served as the subcontractor for this $7.6 million project to reconstruct Runway 26R at Ontario International Airport in Ontario California. The contract called for extensive taxiway improvements for the Airbus 380.

Installation of a new 12,000 ft runway was completed, including centerline and edge lights. This runway now serves as a backup for Airbus 380 traffic at Los Angeles International Airport; the Airbus 380 will be used by United Parcel Service and is also expected to carry passengers from overseas.

The north lighting vault, which controls all lighting throughout the airport, is now operational. More than 2,000 lights, 250,000 ft of wiring and 100,000 ft of conduit was installed; in addition, more than 10,000 sq ft of existing asphalt was removed and replaced, along with signs and other facilities.

On this project in particular, Stronghold’s ability to field a large number of qualified electricians enabled the company to fulfill the contract’s requirements and meet the customer’s expectations. Stronghold constructed a new, state-of-the-art lighting vault, which controls all lighting throughout the airport. This vault was equipped with new constant current regulators, an emergency generator and high voltage selector switches, and a fiber optic link was provided to connect the north and south lighting vaults and the control tower.

The project was phased over a period of 18 months, with Stronghold’s team always performing work as required by the owner’s schedule. Because this project took place at an active airport, all scheduling and timetables were predicated upon the needs of airport operations, which necessitated construction during off-hours, including weekends and in the middle of the night. Stronghold personnel often operated on a “pull-back” system: Work was performed until a plane was close, then the team pulled back until the plane cleared the runway.