King Khalid Training Center

Project Details

  • Construction Date 2016
  • Application Potable Water Storage & Fire Water Storage
  • Capacity 1 tank of 2,000,000 gallons with two (2) internal compartments
  • Fully Buried
  • Owner Royal Saudi Air Force in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force
  • General Contractor Gilbane International
  • Consulting Engineer Baker International


Project Description

King Khalid Training Center Water Tank Design-Build Project, King Khalid Air Base, Saudi Arabia: Preload Middle East was awarded a design and construction project at the King Khalid Air Base in Saudi Arabia for Yuksel Insaat, A.S. a Turkish general contractor who worked directly for Gilbane Federal (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gilbane Building Company). This was a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) project funded by the Royal Saudi Air Force.

Preload Middle East's scope included: 1) the design of a single, buried, 1.3 million gallon water reservoir with three internal compartments; 2) the supply of specialty tank materials and prestressing equipment to the project site; 3) the supervision of all tank-related construction activities; and 4) circumferential prestressing of the outer walls of the new concrete reservoir. Design began in 2015, with onsite tank construction commencing in August 2015. Work was completed in 2016.

For Preload, this project represented a milestone, marking a return to the international marketplace after over 40 years of focusing exclusively on domestic projects. It was also a re-introduction into the emerging TES market, which has now become a widely sought after means for cutting energy costs for big commercial and industrial facilities.