Ivey’s Scope of Work:
This project involved modifying the Fixed Service Structure of Launch Complex Pad 39B to install a New Stabilizer Assembly for the Ares 1-X test launch. The test launch is part of the new Constellation Program. The project included some selective demolition that required the removal of the Orbital Access Arm and hinge assembly. The stabilizer porch structure was assembled on the pad surface. The unit, which weighed approx. 130,000 lbs., was lifted into place using a 660 Ton capacity Manitowoc 18000 crane. The stabilizers were fabricated offsite and erected in pre-assembled units. The units include sophisticated hydraulic controls and were extensively tested before installation. Ivey's Construction, Inc. self performed all structural and miscellaneous steel erection, and all heavy rigging.