Patrick Air Force Base – Revetment and Beach Fill


Location: Patrick AFB, Brevard County, Florida

Client: 45th Space Wing – Civil Engineering Sqdrn. Subconsultant to Amec Earth & Environmental Inc

Tasks: Engineer of Record; Feasibility Study for Beach Fill and Sand Source Alternatives, Permitting, Design, Construction Documents, Construction Review, Monitoring


Olsen Associates, Inc. (OAI) has been the principal coastal engineering consultant to the 45th Space Wing, U. S. Air Force, at Patrick Air Force Base, FL since 1995.  During that time, OAI has designed and permitted three beach restoration projects along the 4-mile ocean shoreline of the Base, and performed all subsequent project monitoring. The firm was likewise the Engineer of Record for a rock revetment constructed in 1997 to protect an oceanfront range tracking facility. The beach nourishment projects include a 165,000 cubic yard truck-haul using sand from an upland disposal area (1998); the Base’s first hydraulic beach fill from an offshore sand source – which placed 560,000 cubic yards through a 60-day ultra-fast-track design and permit task (2000-01) ; and 300,000 cubic yards of post-hurricane beach and dune renourishment (2005). These projects have included sand fencing and dune vegetation. The hydraulic beach fill projects utilize an innovative design to successfully avoid impacts to nearshore rock outcrops, and each requires construction coordination with Brevard County and the Corps of Engineers along with lease agreements with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (MMS) for use of sand in federal waters. The 2005 project introduced hydraulic sand stockpiling to the beach for subsequent truck-haul transfer to the adjacent dunes. In 2011, OAI was the Project Engineer for the truck-haul transfer of 60,000 cubic yards of sand impounded north of Canaveral Harbor (along Cape Canaveral Air Force Station) for dune restoration along PAFB, south of the harbor. Future maintenance of the shore protection project will continue  pursuant to the firm’s renewal of the project permits, completed in 2011.

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