US Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District:
Allison Aquatics Training Facility (AATF)

Fort Knox, KY

About this Project

AACON was awarded high-profile, “Mission Essential” project at Ft Knox to repair and renovate the Allison Aquatics Training Facility (AATF), the most advanced aircraft underwater egress training facility in the United States. The AATF provides training for Helicopter Pilots and Crewmembers, following an over-water ditching. This facility had several interior issues needing immediate attention to keep it mission-ready and operational. The Pool Dehumidification Unit (PDU), ductwork, pool chlorination equipment, pool finish, and tile were major challenges on the project. The facility also received new doors, frames, door hardware, paint, resinous flooring, and lockers. At the project outset, AACON developed a specialized safety plan to protect all workers from drowning and fall hazards.

AACON overcame challenges; the design to support the exterior ductwork in the contract drawings was not possible and new special support stands had to be designed and fabricated. This delayed the installation of the exterior ductwork because of USACE’s approval process and the fabrication time. AACON and its subcontractor, Preferred Industries, were able to manage this modification without an increase to the price of the contract. The ductwork was completed, and the PDU unit initiated as scheduled. Additionally, the existing pool equipment room had limited space for the specified new equipment. Through some on-site engineering, all equipment was installed while maintaining the proper clearances in compliance with the manufacturers’ installation instructions and local codes.
The AACON team and its subcontractors were proud to bring the Allison Aquatics Training Facility back to life. One of the most rewarding aspects of this project was witnessing this mission critical facility fully operational for our service men and women.

Client: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Project Value: $2,418,609.71
Set Aside: Competitive Task Order, SDVOSB MATOC

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