International Broadcasting Bureau – Kuwait transmitting station engineering and construction management

Project Summary

As team members with Thomson Broadcast & Multimedia, Hanson provided engineering and construction management services for the expansion of the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) station in Kuwait. The station broadcasts Radio Free Afghanistan and provides other broadcasting services sponsored by the U.S. Government.  Hanson also designed the initial station under a separate sub-contract.

The project included expanding the existing station’s capabilities to include shortwave broadcasting.  Our team assisted with planning; site investigation; design and construction documentation; construction support; cost and schedule control; and systems/equipment integration. 

Hanson also helped to expand the existing infrastructure at the station.  The services Hanson provided include site development; grading and drainage; site roads; antenna foundations; transmitter building foundation; architectural work; HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection; power distribution and lighting; grounding and lightning protection; fire alarm; and communications.

Additionally, Hanson designed the permanent transmitter facility, replacing the interim facility in the mid-1990s.  The design included future expansion capabilities such as 10,500-kilowatt high-frequency transmitters; transmission lines and switch bay; 15 pairs of high frequency fixed curtain antennas; and all necessary broadcast support subsystems and facilities.