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Latham Tank Removal/Runway 28 Obstruction

Latham Tank Removal/Runway 28 Obstruction
Latham Tank Removal/Runway 28 Obstruction
Latham Tank Removal/Runway 28 Obstruction
Latham Tank Removal/Runway 28 Obstruction
Latham Tank Removal/Runway 28 Obstruction
Latham Tank Removal/Runway 28 Obstruction

Latham, New York

Silver Award for Engineering Excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York

Over the course of more than a decade, C.T. Male Associates found and implemented a series of solutions to solve one of the highest airport safety issues in the country identified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Albany County Airport Authority (ACAA) and the FAA identified two water tanks as runway obstructions.

C. T. Male Associates, a Latham Civil Engineering firm, was hired to perform an engineering analysis for this project. A hydraulic model was created to provide analysis of a variety of conditions and nine locations for the new tank were investigated.   Since these were in highly developed areas, visual impacts had to be researched and the routes for the transmission of the water presented various challenges.

A suitable 11.5 acre property was discovered but site preservation stipulations required a creative solution.  The Town purchased the property and assigned 4.134 acres for water purposes, leaving the remaining 7.383 acres for a passive park, satisfying the original land preservation goals.

As a result of the engineering analysis, the installation of two million gallons of usable storage and the construction of a new 36-inch transmission main extending from the Water Treatment Plant (WTP) across a distance of 2.5 miles was constructed.

Compliance with both the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was required.  A draft Environmental Assessment was prepared, comments received and a final Environmental Assessment was issued. The FAA issued a finding of ‘No Significant Impact’ and the ACAA issued a Negative Declaration.

A complication arose in June of 2005, when the Town requested that the ACAA include the removal of another 400,000 storage tank in its SEQRA evaluation.

The ACAA reopened the SEQRA process to include the removal of this tank and a new Environmental Assessment was prepared with a visual simulation and a viewshed analysis included.  After seeing the visual impacts, the Town Board selected a ground storage tank and pumping station for the site.

The project was turned over to the Town with an agreement that substantial funding would be through the ACAA from the FAA under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

Much of the new 36-inch transmission line required easements along a cross-country route.  Despite securing easements and challenging topography, this route was preferred, as it was substantially shorter.

The new system included a greater transmission main capacity, which reduced discharge pressures at the water treatment plant, thereby increasing the output of the high lift pumps substantially and allowing for more efficient pumping.

C.T. Male Associates orchestrated this complex and challenging project and helped various levels of government to work together to arrive at the best solution for one while accomplishing the goals of another. Cooperation among the FFA, the ACAA and the Town resulted in a reinforced transmission system and provided greater efficiency in delivering water to the system. In addition to system benefits, adverse visual impacts were avoided for the residents of the area.  The Town of Latham gained control of an important environmental feature and the runway obstruction was finally removed.

For questions about this project or for more information about our civil engineering services, please give us a call today at 518-786-7400 or fill out our contact form.