KPH Completes Construction for Wisconsin Air National Guard

KPH recently completed construction on an Electronic Countermeasure (ECM) Cold Storage Building for the 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field. The Wisconsin Air National Guard needed a facility to store ECM technology: devices used on military planes to trick enemy detection or targeting. Cold storage refers to an unheated building, not necessarily refrigerated space. 

Mobilized in October 2018, the project was put on hold over the winter after unforeseen site conditions occurred. Unsuitable soils, high water table and deteriorating manholes forced a halt in the process due to the upcoming increased winter protection costs. During the downtime, KPH worked through the early issues to hit the ground running in April 2019. The project was finally completed in November 2019. 

The job was to construct a 6,500 square foot pre-engineered metal building for the storage of ECM devices and materials of the 115th Fighter Wing. The work included site excavation and grading, new concrete foundations and slabs, rework of underground utilities, new asphalt paving, adjustments to existing security fencing, dry pipe sprinkler system, new electrical, landscape restoration and more. 

The project also involved the temporary disconnect and reinstallation of a critical security line that serves the airfield. This security line feeds a highly sensitive intrusion detection loop buried beneath the perimeter, detecting motion to warn against unauthorized “visitors” to the military base. All of this could not have been done without close coordination and efficient utilization of winter downtime.