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Aboveground Fuel Storage Tank Replacement, Jamacia Plain, MA

Contract # V00241C-00178

Classic Site Solutions was awarded the contract to replace two 40,000-gallon aboveground fuel storage tanks at the VA Medical Center in Boston, MA. The VA Medical center is a large research and outpatient facility located in the heart of Boston’s Longwood Medical Community. The scope of this project included removal of the existing fuel tanks, installation of two new 40,000-gallon fuel tanks, construction of concrete foundations, installation of controls and instrumentation, and installation of a new state-of-the-art-foam fire suppression system.

The existing fuel storage system consisted of two 30,000-gallon horizontal steel storage tanks and one 120,000-gallon vertical tank. Before demolition of the existing system, all flaking lead-containing coatings were abated from the steel surfaces. Due to space constraints within the congested metropolitan area, the three tanks had to be systematically dismantled using propane and oxygen cutting torches. Tremendous care was taken not to impact the liquid oxygen storage tank located only ten feet from the job site. All steel was sorted and recycled.

Large concrete foundations and piers were constructed to support the new tanks. Additional concrete repair and flatwork were completed within the existing containment area. All concrete within the containment area was epoxy coated to achieve a liquid tight containment. A 360-ton crane was used to hoist and place the two 56,000-pound double wall steel tanks. Coordination with the Boston Police Department, Boston Transportation Department, VA Police Department, and a trucking company was essential to allow for the transportation of the massive tanks through the congested streets of Boston.

New fuel distribution piping and a tank monitoring system were seamlessly integrated into the existing boiler plant systems. A state-of-the-art foam fire suppression system was also installed within the containment dike as a condition of the permit. Collaboration with the Massachusetts State Fire Marshall and the Boston Fire Department was necessary to attain the appropriate permits.

Many logistical challenges were presented throughout the day to day operations. Those challenges were met with creative and effective solutions resulting in the successful completion of the project.