Conti Enterprises – Newark Airport Fuel Pipeline Modification

Conti Newark picConti Enterprises is collaborating closely with its client and partners to ensure the success of its latest project.
By Bianca Herron

Founded in 1906, Conti Enterprises is a fourth-generation privately owned construction leader specializing in heavy civil construction, specifically infrastructure improvement projects.

The Edison, N.J.-based company celebrated its 110-year anniversary last year. Project Manager Keith Abt attributes the company’s success to its people, noting that Conti’s workforce sets the company apart from its competitors. “Everyone working in the organization is the cream of the crop,” he says proudly.

Abt has been with Conti for seven years and says every peer that he has met has the same mentality. “Everyone wants to roll up their sleeves, pitch in and put in the same amount of effort,” he says. “They are all ‘A’ players and everyone works together collectively to build these projects. When you’re working with a group where everyone has the same characteristics, it really allows a company like Conti to succeed.”

On Schedule

Conti is close to wrapping up its latest project, the Newark Airport Fuel Pipeline Modification in Newark, N.J. “We are on the tail end of the project right now,” Abt says. “We started the project in March 2015 and anticipate substantial completion by Dec. 31.”

Newark Liberty International Airport’s current fuel system was constructed in 1970 and needed repairs and upgrades to meet industry standards requiring centralized purchasing of Jet-A fuel for all users, which simplifies multi-pump fuel supply systems and piping networks. Conti’s client, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, called for upgrades to the current system, which allows it to function more efficiently.

Conti is responsible for Phase I of the fuel modification program. “We are decommissioning the old single-wall welded steel pipe and installing approximately 29,000 linear feet of buried double-wall steel pipe, ranging in size from 16- to 22-inches in diameter for the aviation fuel main line,” Abt explains. “The pipe includes sensors for fuel leak detection and runs from the farm to the new fuel selection area and reconnects to the central terminal area.” conti newark box

The new pipeline routing will allow for the construction of a new Terminal A. Conti has installed one 4,000-gallon oil and water separator, three 10,000-gallon holding tanks and one 40,000-gallon spill containment tank within a new contact water treatment area. The contact water area also includes a state-of-the-art guard booth with security gate and net system, security fencing and two new fuel truck racks equipped with an emergency fuel shutoff system. “All phases of the project are taking place simultaneously,” Abt says. “So we are coordinating with several different project teams out in the field.”

Due to the project’s complex nature and Newark Liberty International Airport being one of the busiest airports in the United States, Abt notes that communication and coordination have been key. “There are a lot of parties involved that we have to coordinate with throughout the project,” he explains. “Sometimes we are able to get what we need to facilitate the operations we’re looking to put into place. At other times we need to take a step back and work on re-sequencing the project so that we can attack other areas while we’re not permitted to work in certain areas.”

He notes that Conti holds weekly and bi-weekly meetings with the port authority as well as its various agencies. “We have to have all the decision-makers in the same room,” he says. “We review our schedule with those individuals, ensuring they are aware of what we’re looking to complete in the coming weeks.”

The company’s subcontractors have also played a critical role on the project, ensuring Conti remains efficient and effective. “We lucked out and have been able to work with some great trades on this project,” Abt says. “All of them have worked together extremely well and have fulfilled, or are fulfilling, the obligations of their contract.”

Ultimately, Abt says the project has been a success. “This has been a very interesting and pleasurable experience,” he says. “We have a very good group that we’re working with, which allows us to achieve our goals as a team. Without the team we have here on-site, I don’t think we would be where we are now as far as completion goes.”

He adds that working with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has been a great experience. “They are a very good client,” Abt says. “Again, there is a lot of coordination required to work on this project, and between Conti and the port authority, we have done so efficiently.”

Once this project is completed, Abt hopes that the port authority feels the same way about Conti: that it is a great partner. “We have worked well together,” Abt concludes. “We want them to walk away with a positive experience and confidence that Conti is a great contractor, they did exactly what they were supposed to, and the project was a success. 

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