Fort Campbell Kentucky - Champion Specialty Services
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Fort Campbell Kentucky

May 18th, 2020

Prepared by Daniel Gibbens (email me)

Project: API 653 Tank Repairs – Multiple Tank Coating Repair

General Contractor: Reliable Contracting Group

Customer: USACE


Scope:  All surface preparation and coatings for the tank exterior including all carbon steel tank appurtenances, stairs, handrails, shell supports, fuel piping, valves and fittings for four jet fuel storage tanks.  In addition, all surface preparation and coatings for specified portions of tank interiors, and repair of containment area sealants in joints and routed cracks within containment dike areas at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  (2019)


Total SF (interior & exteriors): 21,000

Pipe LF: 1510

Crack LF: 2852


Champion deployed a six-man crew 950 miles from our Southeast region office in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Work began on April 2, 2019 and finished on September 19, 2019.  With each set of tanks located on opposing sides of the airfield, sequencing incorporated multiple “mini” mobilizations and demobilizations in order to capitalize on the correct ambient weather conditions across spring, summer, and early fall.  For three tanks, exterior access was facilitated with aerial work platforms and the scaffold/containment of one tank.  Interiors were accessed with rolling scaffolds and crews on rope.


Champion proposed and was approved to conduct exterior surface preparation with wet abrasive blasting as an effective and cost saving measure.  Champion Quality Control worked with our GC and the U.S.G. to obtain an approved variance for the use of Sherwin Williams Acrolon Ultra as the finish coat due to environmental conditions.  Despite high winds, rain, and extreme temperatures, the Champion team’s technical expertise, pragmatic planning, and flexibility in execution enabled successful completion of the project.  Additionally, SSPC conducted a QS-1 audit on Champion during the project IAW certification requirements, which the company successfully passed.


Exterior Specification:  UFGS 09 97 13.27

Exterior Surface Preparation:  SSPC-SP-10 WAB (Wet Abrasive Blast with Coal Slag)

Exterior Coatings System:  Sherwin Williams

  • Intermediate: MIL-DTL-24441D TYPE IV FORMULA 152 EPOXY POLYMIDE @ 3.0-5.0 mils DFT
  • Topcoat: Acrolon Ultra (approved variance by USG) @ 2.0-3.0 mils DFT


Interior Specification:  UFGS 09 97 13.17

Interior Surface Preparation:  SSPC-SP-10 AB (Dry Abrasive Blast with Coal Slag)

Interior Coatings System: Sherwin Williams

  • Primer: MIL-DTL-24441/29 TYPE IV FORMULA 150 EPOXY POLYMIDE @ 3.0-5.0 mils DFT
  • Intermediate: MIL-DTL-24441/31 TYPE IV FORMULA 152 EPOXY POLYMIDE @ 3.0-5.0 mils DFT
  • Topcoat: MIL-DTL-24441/31 TYPE IV FORMULA 152 EPOXY POLYMIDE @ 3.0-5.0 mils DFT