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SNOW REMOVAL 938 loader, a new Falls plow and Ravling 16 foot pusher box into service. "We felt we got the most bang for our buck with the Caterpillar," he said. Carney said the airport submitted a purchase proposal in late August, but didn't get the equipment until the end of December. "We were using old equipment that was falling apart to start the season, then we got this equipment and it was just in time," he said. "Right after that, we've been having snow every other week since then." Carney said the wing was mounted to the front blade on the old loader, but it's hard mounted to the Caterpillar on the new one, so there was a little bit of an adjustment in using it compared to the old equipment. Carney said the airport is also planning to replace its 24-year-old plow and spreader this year as well. The airport will go from an F-550 to F-350 and a new plow that can curve. "That will help us a lot around the hangars because we will be able to scoop the snow and push it away from the hangar instead just plowing the snow and using the angle of the blade to pull the snow away," he said "We find we leave a lot of snow against the hangar and we just can't get that close to it." CLEVELAND BRINGS EQUIPMENT INDOORS Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) opened a new 97,000 square foot snow removal equipment storage facility in December, which allows it to keep all of its equipment housed inside when not in use. Renato Camacho, chief of planning and engineering for the Cleveland Airport System, said leaders started looking at its facilities in 2016 to determine how to store future snow removal equipment. About two-thirds of the equipment was stored indoors, but FAA inspectors said the entire fleet needed to be covered when not in use. The airport looked at various areas around the airport for the new facility and determined it was best placed by the existing consolidated maintenance facility site to provide additional room. After looking at the facility and other sites at CLE and gathering input from employees, Camacho said they determined the existing site would work, but it needed to be expanded to meet FAA requirements. "The city traditionally embarks on design-bid-build initiatives and we were able to convince them that the design build initiative — based on scope, based on schedule — we wanted to expedite the schedule to meet FAA requirements for housing this additional equipment. We wanted to expedite construction," he said. "So we selected this site and basically the scope of work entailed attaching the expanded facility to the north end of the existing consolidated maintenance facility." The construction project was awarded in June to Anthony Allega Cement Contractor Inc. The facility is 21 feet tall; has 32 doors; and includes a 20,000 gallon underground fuel tank with six dispensers capable of pumping 30 gallons per minute. Camacho said storing the equipment inside will extend the lifecycle. "One of the key components of this, with the existing CMS, depending on the vehicle, especially the multipurpose vehicles, they would have to detach some of the components of those multipurpose vehicles before they could enter them into the building," Camacho said. "With the new building, because of the additional footprint both in an east-west and north-south direction, they no longer have to do that." The project took 180 days to complete and cost $17.3 million. The airport looked at various sites for the snow removal equipment facility, but settled on the consolidated maintenance facility area to keep operations from being bifurcated. "We wanted to be able to complete this project by the end of December 2017," Camacho said. Camacho said the airport discovered during construction the airfield drawings were not as accurate as they should have been, which led to some utility conflicts. They were able to overcome the challenges and keep it on budget. Camacho said the airport also decided to move its vehicle maintenance facility to a facility on the south side of the existing consolidated maintenance facility. The old facility was located on the other side of the airport campus, so operators had to drive equipment 2 miles across CLE whenever they experiences issues. The new 28,000 square foot vehicle maintenance facility includes 14 doors and a truck wash. "You basically have the existing facility sandwiched in between to expanded facilities, the snow removal equipment on the north end and the vehicle maintenance facility on the south end," Camacho said. By eliminating the old maintenance facility, Port Control Director Robert Kennedy said it has opened a site CLE plans to use to house either an airline or corporate use. "We think it's a prime location of the airfield either for corporate aircraft or maintenance," he said. Since coming online, Camacho said the snow removal has been working "The guys are appreciating the vehicles being stored inside," Kennedy said. "They can prep them to go out on the airfield all inside a climate controlled atmosphere and it really enhances their ability to check the equipment and prep it." Fleming Field in South St. Paul, Minnesota, recently upgraded its snow removal equipment to provide more efficient operations cleaning the airfield. Joseph A. Carney, Fleming Field Different tractor configurations can provide airports a tool that can cut grass as well as clear snow. Case IH 32 airportbusiness April 2018

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