b'stations at each gate, six isolation valvethat line for six months to a year, he vaults and surge suppression stationsexplains. Documenting where crews designed to maximize system flow ratesactually left off and making sure the area while mitigating transient pressures.would be accessible when they came Cattouse explains that hitting the EFSObackand keeping all that organizedbutton at a gate automatically sends awas critical. It required a lot of coordination message to the isolation valve station tobetween us and Skanska-Walsh.close the motor-operated isolation valves,Such coordination was facilitated by automatically stopping the flow of fuel toweekly management meetings, where that portion of the ramp.drawings and sequences were updated as Once the Terminal B ramp hydrantphasing plans changed. Curran says the system is integrated into the airport-widewhole process was enhanced by stellar hydrant system, its EFSO system will alsocommunication. If we had been off-site for communicate back to the Fuel Storagesix months, the management team would Facility, which will give it the capability tocontact us a month or two before we had shut down the pumps at the Fuel Storageto get back out there so we could get all Facility if needed. Meanwhile, any surgesof our ducks in a row, he says. When it that occur in the system will be absorbedwas time to mobilize, we had very detailed by surge suppressors at Terminal B. coordination. So as soon as we got on site, we could hit the ground running. The systems are designed with safeJohnke says that personnel from Allied operations in mind,Aviation, the company that operates the summarizes JeremyFuel Storage Facility, played a key role for Curran, vice presidentArgus portion of the project. They were of fueling contractoralways very open and helpful with us when Meccon Industries.we were programming, he recalls. Then, The EFSO systemwhen we moved on to design, they really JEREMY CURRAN helped us get a full understanding of how allows operators to shut down the system immediately basedthey were operating the system, and how on the controls, and close valves to isolatewe might be able to transition to what its the affected portion of the system. Aftergoing to be in the future.review, additional valves can be closedHe also credits strong partnerships if needed to isolate a larger part of thewith the Port Authority and LGA. As system to allow the rest of the unaffectedyou can imagine, when were building a areas to fuel aircraft.system that is going to stretch across the entirety of one of the busiest and mostBuilt-in Coordinating With Other site-constrained airports in the country, Construction we couldnt have done that without themusclesInstalling the hydrant fueling system washelp of the Port Authority and LaGuardia part of the six-phase plan to construct theOperations and Physical Plant staffs. new Terminal B. During the associatedThose guys really set the tone and helpedHow else could one six years, Meccon worked hand-in-handus work out how were going to do this without disrupting the airport or itsperson lift a 400 lb with the Skanska-Walsh joint venture to coordinate construction, installation, qualitytenants. cover?control, pressure testing and commissioningFor Johnke, the project brought his career of the new hydrant system.full circle. This year, Ill have been in the Curran says continuity was a mustbusiness 42 years, he reflects. The very to keep the project organized and onfirst job I ever did for my first employer was taskespecially when tapping in and outto help put together a concept-level design of the workflow. As each phase nearedfor the LaGuardia Airport hydrant system. completion, the team needed to lookWe put it together, but it was too costly and forward to what came next.never went anywhere at that time. Yet, here I am, 42 years later, leading the team thatsLearn more at ejco.com/hatch If we left the project at the end of aactually getting it built.or call 800 626 4653phase, we might not be tying back intoMade in the USAAirportImprovement.comNovember | December 2022'