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FDH was brought in to design a solution to replace a 185-foot self-supporting tower that was rusting and in such poor condition that it could not be reinforced. The challenges of this project consisted of the tower compound being located on an overgrown sloped area of a mountainside, the access road to the tower was in disrepair and had to be fixed first, construction equipment and tools had to be shipped from the U.S. and stored and moved onto the site without causing disruption to the surrounding environment, and a hurricane struck during the installation. FDH engineers designed a new tower that would not increase the geographic footprint within this environmentally sensitive area. The innovative solution consisted of installing the new tower within and around the old tower, and then deconstructing the old tower, so that there was no carrier interruption of service.
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St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
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