This unique and exciting project was a two-phase project. The first phase was bid in May 2005 using 80 percent complete drawings and an award was made in June. However, due to permit issues, construction did not begin until early July. The project was given to the customer for their use by the middle of October. Roger Hickel Contracting and UPS, working together, we’re able to adjust schedules and budgets in order to complete the work on time and meet UPS’s need for added aircraft parking spaces. This first phase involved the construction of a new ramp space for UPS’s expanding facility at Ted Stevens International Airport. It contains some 325,000 square feet of new paved ramp area with concrete hardstands for Boeing 747 and the new Airbus A380 aircraft. New high tower lighting was installed as well as 2,300 feet of the underground fueling system. To accommodate the elevations of the existing property, a 700 foot long by 10 foot high modular retaining wall was constructed to facilitate the final design elevations. The entire project was surrounded by a new chain link security fence. Surplus excavation from the Phase I site was used to construct the subgrade for the future Phase II expansion. The second phase was awarded in the Spring of 2006. Work associated with this phase included placement of over 120,000 tons of fill material, installation of a new fueling system, electrical upgrades, and the installation of a snowmelt station. The major challenges overcome during this project included meeting a demanding schedule and a tight budget without impacting surrounding operations, as well as the challenges of installation of a first of its kind snowmelt station. The Alaska chapter of Associated General Contractors presented RHC the Excellence in Construction Award for this project – “2007 Challenge of a Job, Over $3,000,000 Transportation, Marine, Heavy Earthmoving.