Sterling wins $80m to rebuild US Army airstrip in Marshall Islands


Sterling Construction, a US-based construction company, has secured an $80m contract from Parsons for the reconstruction of the Bucholz Army Airfield Runway in the Kwajalein Atoll of the Marshall Islands.

The project is part of Parsons’ project with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The project involves paving 200ft by 6,000ft runway in order to accommodate increased air traffic on the island.

By using the phasing method, the runway will be operational while the construction takes place, as the strategic location of the airfield does not allow reconstruction to close the runway.

Logistics have also started transporting aggregates, other materials and equipment for the runway’s reconstruction. Stirling estimates that the project will be completed by the middle of next year.

Sterling Construction CEO Joe Cutillo said: “We are honoured to have been selected to efficiently and safely improve the Bucholz Army Airfield, a critical strategic post for the U.S. military’s Pacific presence. RHB has expertise in this type of terrain and remote working environment that can be brought to bear on this reconstruction.

“This project is yet another example of Sterling continuing to successfully execute our strategy of diversification away from the low-bid heavy highway business and illustrates the strength of our end markets, especially in these highly uncertain times.”

In August 2019, Parsons secured a $139m contract from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to repair the Bucholz Army Airfield, U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Bucholz Army Airfield is in a remote, highly corrosive, humid and salt-laden environment which poses unique challenges while various components at the airfield including runways, taxiways and parking aprons are replaced.

Earlier this month, Sterling secured a $26m project, part of $500m revitalisation of University Place, a 120-acre, multi-use development project in Orem, Utah.

Sterling’s subsidiary will provide structural concrete for a nine-storey structure with the bottom five levels consisting of 115,000ft² of parking and lobby and the top four levels with over 115,000ft² of office space. The building is expected to be completed in the next fall.


Sterling to build runway at Bucholz Army Airfield in Marshall Islands. (Credit: Parsons Corporation.)

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