Commercial Crew Transportation Capability Access Tower
IMEG provided engineering support to Hensel Phelps for the construction of launch site accommodations to support manned space flight off of Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Our team provided construction administration support in the building of this complex structure. Previously, our team provided engineering services to design the structure and mechanical components. Additionally, we provided construction engineering support or means and methods of construction and secured specialized permit required for work on the base and in environmentally sensitive areas. The launch accommodations includes the construction of the complex crew access tower (CAT), a 200-ft tall tower that provides means for the astronauts to access the spacecraft once it reaches the launch pad. The CAT includes a hydraulically driven articulating arm to provide the passageway from the CAT to board the spacecraft. Our team designed the emergency egress system (EES) to provide a means to quickly evacuate the CAT in the event of emergency using five-person baskets that traverse from the CAT to an evacuation zone over 1,400-ft away along a fixed slide-wire. Modifications to the existing infrastructure are being designed to accommodate the unique requirements of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner Space Craft.