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Central Pennsylvania’s Fox 43 Self-Support Tower Replacement

Advantage Engineers is providing engineering services to WPMT, LLC (Fox 43) in York, Pennsylvania to complete the design and construction of a 300-foot self-support tower. The original tower stood 380-feet tall; however, WPMT previously removed the tower’s top 80-feet. Advantage is providing architectural, engineering, environmental and geotechnical services to the client.

Constructed in 1947, the initial tower requires replacement due to site conditions. Advantage began project work in July 2015 and anticipated completion by the end of 2015. However, soil conditions underlying the design location of the new tower, caused delays to the project schedule.

In order to reduce zoning and regulatory screenings requirements, Advantage initially designed the new tower within 15-feet of the original tower. However, results of Advantage’s soil borings along with foundation placement costs in the new location, created an increase in construction costs. Together with the client, Advantage used creative problem solving and innovative design solutions redesign the new self-support tower at a different site on the property, providing the client a substantial cost savings.

Construction for the 300-foot self-support tower at the new site began in August 2016 and Advantage expects to complete work in October 2016. Our team will coordinate the transition of equipment from the original tower to the new tower. Advantage will provide project management services throughout the demolition of the original self-support tower structure.

Advantage’s scope of services includes design and bid walks, underground utility location, boundary and topography surveys, 1A certification, erosion and sediment control plans as well as stormwater management upgrades. Our services also include construction drawings, geotechnical analyses, NEPA screening, FAA filing, ASR registration and project and construction management.

WPMT Fox 43 is the Central Pennsylvania Fox network station serving Harrisburg, York, Lancaster and surrounding areas. The station is the one of the oldest operating UHF TV stations in the country and delivers over 34 hours of local news coverage each week to viewers.

WPMT, LLC (Fox 43)

York, York County, Pennsylvania

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