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1998 Honor Award for ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE
Presented by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia

Alliance/Ft. Worth Airport Federal Express Corporate New Fuel Farm project receives recognition for engineering excellence

Prime Engineering, Inc. of Atlanta has been honored for its design of the jet fuel, gasoline and diesel ground fuel, and glycol storage and distribution systems for the Federal Express Southwest Operations Hub Fuel Farm at the Alliance/Ft. Worth Airport. This project was part of Federal Express’s $220 million new package sort facility, which is considered one of the world’s most technologically advanced sorting facilities to date.

An engineering firm based in Atlanta, Prime Engineering, Inc. was founded in 1990 by Mr. Thomas D. Gambino, P.E. The firm provides total project development including planning, permitting, engineering, construction management, design/build, and startup services to a wide range of customers and markets. Its civil, environmental, and mechanical consulting personnel have gained recognition locally, nationally, and internationally. Prime’s work in fuel farm and hydrant fueling systems design has also achieved such recognition, as evidenced in this and previous awards.

This project, which had an extremely aggressive schedule, high technical complexity, and demanding construction aspects, required an innovative approach to meet Federal Express’s schedule-driven needs. Prime Engineering, as part of the design/build team contracted to redevelop, design, permit, and construct the fueling and deicing facilities within a short time frame, developed a unique contractual relationship with other team partners. This contractual relationship created an atmosphere of trust that allowed their approach to be successfully implemented. Initial design focused on the coordination of many concerns and requirements of all departments within Federal Express as well as the local, state and federal municipalities. An immense effort was required to facilitate all the differing concerns and, due to the immediate needs of the schedule, intense engineering was required to provide solutions and compromises for each facet of the project.

The team successfully balanced the operational needs and required scope input of the client, delivering the project on time and under budget. The design and construction of a new fuel farm with related facilities, ground service equipment vehicle fueling systems, and glycol storage and distribution systems completes the total program for the Southwest Operations Hub, a facility expected to bring in new jobs directly under its employ as well as a large number of jobs created by the increased population and infrastructure in the Alliance/Ft. Worth area.




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