STL Fuel Company LLC selected Burns & McDonnell to design and build a new facility, transfer line and associated enabling projects on an 8-acre greenfield site on the airfield. We then removed all the old underground tanks, remediated hydrocarbon contamination and demolished the old fuel facility. This allowed the airport to use this space for other purposes. We selected regional subcontractors to help with each construction phase.
Construction of enabling projects on the airfield began in October 2017 and included:
- Fuel hydrant system updates.
- A hydrant cart test stand.
- A fuel truck loading facility.
- Ground service equipment fueling facilities.
- Isolation vaults.
- An update to the emergency fuel shut off (EFSO) system.
Burns & McDonnell broke ground on the bulk fuel storage facility in July 2019. The upgrades consisted of:
- Three new above-ground fuel storage tanks, each able to store up to 1 million gallons of jet fuel with room for a fourth tank if needed, doubling the capacity of the airport’s fuel storage.
- An 11,000-foot-long underground fuel transfer pipeline with a leak detection system and five horizontal pumps, each capable of delivering jet fuel at 1,200 gallons per minute directly to the terminal, greatly increasing reliability and safety for aircraft refueling.
- A 4,300-square-foot operations building with a control room, offices and vehicle maintenance shops.
- A backup electrical power system that allows fuel to be distributed even during extreme weather events.
- A fire suppression system.