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West Pad Landing Zone

Vandenberg AirForce Base, CA

Precision served as the general contractor for the fast-tracked design–build of the world’s first rocket landing facility on terra firma. As the CM, Precision acted as the owner’s representative, advisor, project manager and field supervisor for design (civil, structural and geotechnical engineering consultants) and construction (earthwork and heavy civil, reinforced concrete, asphalt, utilities and specialty subcontractors). The project included erosion control, survey and staking, clear and grub site; cut/fill of 18,500 CY to establish rough grade, 12,850 SF of geo–grid for soil stabilization and reception of engineered fill; 1,680 SF of structural retaining walls, underground utilities including storm drain, water/fire and dry utilities, concrete curb, gutter and mobile crane aprons; 14,850 SF of 4-inch paving over 13–inch aggregate base, structural bridge over existing underground bunker, and water cannons surrounding the landing site. The landing facility itself consisted of a 300’ diameter landing pad with FONDAG coating for thermal shock resistance, transfer crane, rocket test-fire apparatus. As a direct result of Precision’s efforts, the project was able to exceed the client’s aggressive budget and construction schedule.

Rocket Landing Facility