Columbus Air Force Base - Champion Specialty Services
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Columbus Air Force Base

June 15, 2020

Prepared by Zack Beehner

Project:  Coatings Repairs of Buildings and Structures at Columbus AFB, MS.

General Contractor: Pond Constructors

Customer: USACE

 

Scope:  Recurring Maintenance, Minor Repair (RMMR) services for four buildings, one vehicle fuel island and one awning-covered airfield vehicle fueling station.  (2020)

 

Total SF (exteriors): 7365

 

Champion deployed a five-man crew 839 miles from our Southeast region office in Fort Lauderdale, FL to Columbus AFB, MS.  Work began on February 22, 2020 and finished on April 6, 2020.  Six sites were independently located on the base, which required synchronization of multiple “mini” mobilizations and demobilizations, as well as concurrent execution as dictated by weather conditions to ensure schedule adherence.  Multiple coatings systems were required for completion.

 

Champion’s Foreman and our Quality Control team worked with the GC and local base leadership to match unique non-standard color requirements for the airfield fuel facility steel.  At that location, our crews used aerial lifts to access structural steel aloft for hand tool surface preparation and brush and roller application and ensured no impact on flight operations (site was between an active runway and taxiway) or adjacent fueling stations.

 

As the project neared completion, we faced the additional challenge of base access and project execution when COVID-19 restrictions were put in place.  With the cooperation of Pond Constructors, base leadership, and the independent third-party QP-5 inspector, the Champion crew was able to finish the project ahead of schedule while strictly following all social distancing and hygienic guidelines.

 

Exterior Specification:  UFGS 09 97 13.27 (variances approved by U.S.G.)

Exterior Surface Preparation (Aluminum Trim on Building 1):  SP-7 Wet Abrasive Blast (coal slag)

Exterior Coatings System:  Sherwin Williams

  • Spot Primer: MIL-DTL-24441D TYPE IV FORMULA 152 EPOXY POLYMIDE @ 3.0-5.0 mils DFT
  • Intermediate: MIL-DTL-24441D TYPE IV FORMULA 152 EPOXY POLYMIDE @ 3.0-5.0 mils DFT
  • Topcoat: Acrolon Ultra @ 2.0-3.0 mils

 

Exterior Surface Preparation (Masonry Block on Building 1):  Spot SP-3 Power Tool Cleaning

Exterior Coatings System: Two coats of Sherwin Williams HB Fastclad

 

Exterior Surface Preparation (Aluminum Siding/Trim on Building 2):  WJ-4 Water Jet

Exterior Coatings System:  Sherwin Williams

  • Spot Primer: MIL-DTL-24441D TYPE IV FORMULA 152 EPOXY POLYMIDE @ 3.0-5.0 mils DFT
  • Intermediate: MIL-DTL-24441D TYPE IV FORMULA 152 EPOXY POLYMIDE @ 3.0-5.0 mils DFT
  • Topcoat: Acrolon Ultra 2.0-3.0 mils

 

Exterior Surface Preparation (Aluminum Siding/Trim on Building 3):  WJ-4 Water Jet

Exterior Coatings System:  Sherwin Williams

  • Spot Primer: MIL-DTL-24441D TYPE IV FORMULA 152 EPOXY POLYMIDE @ 3.0-5.0 mils DFT
  • Intermediate: MIL-DTL-24441D TYPE IV FORMULA 152 EPOXY POLYMIDE @ 3.0-5.0 mils DFT
  • Topcoat: Acrolon Ultra 2.0-3.0 mils

 

Exterior Surface Preparation (Masonry Block on Building 4):  Spot SP-3 Power Tool Cleaning

Exterior Coatings System:  Sherwin Williams

  • Two coats of Sherwin Williams HB Fastclad.

 

Exterior Surface Preparation (Structural Steel on Airfield Awning):  SP-3 Power Tool Cleaning

Exterior Coatings System:  Sherwin Williams

  • Primer: MIL-DTL-24441D TYPE IV FORMULA 152 EPOXY POLYMIDE @ 3.0-5.0 mils DFT
  • Topcoat: MIL-DTL-24441D TYPE IV FORMULA 152 EPOXY POLYMIDE @ 3.0-5.0 mils DFT

 

Exterior Surface Preparation (Fuel Island curbs and bollards):  Spot SP-3 Power Tool Cleaning

Exterior Coatings System:  Rust-Oleum

Rust-Oleum 9800 Urethane Mastic