R.C. Construction Company

STOVL Simulated Carrier Landing Deck


Location: Duke Field, Eglin AFB, FL

Contract Value: $23,419,263


Awards: 2012 MS ABC Merit Award Winner in the Out of State: Other Specialty Construction category

Customer Remarks: "The high level of quality control and management resources required to successfully pave with this concrete mix cannot be understated. RC's extensive knowledge of concrete pavement and effective subcontractor/supplier management constributed to the timeliness and quality of work."


The project scope consisted of asphalt and concrete pavements, airfield lighting, and an auxiliary airfield control tower. The Simulated Landing Helicopter Assault (LHA) Ship Deck and Two Vertical Landing (VL) pads were constructed with continuously reinforced high temperature concrete pavement sections. The high temperature concrete was specially designed to resist extreme conditions generated by the Marine Corps new F35 Lightning Aircraft during vertical landings.

For more information on the STOVL project see R.C. President John Powers' Presentation on High Temperature Concrete Pavement presented at ACPA (Southeast Chapter) 2011 Workshop on Concrete Airport Pavement and Peter Bly's Constructability of High Temperature Concrete presented at the 2011 USACE Insfrastructure Systems Conference.