The Runway 6-24 Improvement Program is intended to complement the current Erie International Airport, Tom Ridge Field's (ERI) facilities and accommodate future air transportation demands relating to the transitional economic growth of the region. Starting from the end of the current Runway 6-24, 1920 feet are being added to the current runway. Other runway improvements include extending the parallel taxiway “A”, extending the airport service road, and the installation of airfield lighting and new signage.
Kirila Contractors - the construction contractor on the project – selected Metal Foundations to design, provide, and install steel foundations to support FAA MALSR MG-30/40 approach landing system structures being installed on Runway 6-24.
Many of the FAA MG-30/40 approach lighting structures are located in an environmentally restricted Superfund site. Geotextile materials and one foot of clean fill were placed on the Superfund area to retard soil movement and act as a barrier. Environmental requirements restrict penetration below the one-foot backfill level, so standard excavation and drilling operations were not practical for this project and with the restrictions placed on the Superfund site, soil removal would have been very expensive. Metal Foundations offered Kirila Contractors a perfect solution; MFI’s steel foundations did not disrupt the soil, they required no excavation, there was minimal drilling – well within the one-foot allowable area, they were installed quickly, and there was no soil to haul away.
“We are pleased to have had the opportunity to offer Kirila Contractors, the Erie Regional Airport Authority, and the FAA a strong, durable, reliable and cost-effective solution to the challenges they faced when installing FAA MALSR MG-30/40 approach landing system structures on the Superfund site,” said Geoffrey Feidelberg, CEO of Metal Foundations. “The Erie Regional Airport Authority hired an environmental company to monitor the installation site both for soils being extracted and any exposure to workmen. Due to our patented foundation designs and patented installation methods, we operated within the strict environmental requirements set forth for work that is performed on a Superfund site and no Superfund soils were disturbed, thus no soils were extracted nor were any workmen exposed.”
MFI’s steel foundations have many benefits over standard concrete foundations. The strongest advantage is that MFI’s patented designs and installation processes completely eliminate the need for concrete; therefore eliminating excavation and soil displacement. Metal Foundations’
With many advantages over concrete foundations, Metal Foundations offers a truly innovative, time-efficient, and cost-effective solution for foundation installations on Superfund sites. Visit our website to learn more about the advantages of MFI’s steel foundations. www.MetalFoundationsCorp.com/
About Metal Foundations Industries: Metal Foundations Industries is a wholly owned subsidiary of Shaner Capital, L.P. and is based in Pittsburgh, Pa. For nearly 20 years, Metal Foundations has been the prime choice of many organizations to efficiently design and install sturdy foundations to support various structures. With patented foundation designs and installation processes, Metal Foundations has installed more than 200,000 steel foundations worldwide. With a historical track record of durability and reliability, Metal Foundations has clearly positioned its steel foundations as the unparalleled alternative to concrete foundations. For more information:
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About the Erie International Airport Tom Ridge Field (ERI) Runway 6-24 Improvements and Extension Project: The Runway 6-24 Improvement Program is intended to complement the current Erie International Airport, Tom Ridge Field's (ERI) facilities and accommodate future air transportation demands relating to the transitional economic growth of the region. www.erieairportimprovement.org/